Building a New Deck in The Avenues, Archadeck of Salt Lake Shows it Can Be Done — Carefully

If you’re a homeowner in The Avenues, you know this historic district of Salt Lake City has strict zoning regulations that affect your ability to make changes or additions to your home. The regulations are in place to protect the neighborhood from construction out of character with the area, once “run down” but now one of the most desirable residential districts in the city.

The Avenues was declared a local historic district in 1978, and most of the buildings here date from the fifty-year period between 1880 and 1930.

Adding a deck to your home in this neighborhood might seem impossible because of the building design regulations. Design guidelines are laid out in a publication entitled, A Preservation Handbook for Historic Residential Properties & Districts in Salt Lake City.

Archadeck of Salt Lake was willing to accept this challenge. We admit, adding a deck in this historic district was no small feat given the confines of the regulations in place. In addition to the permit and inspection process that is a part of most of our outdoor living projects, being in the historic district also requires a Certificate of Appropriateness from the Historic Landmark Commission (HLC). As your preferred deck builder, we are pleased to be familiar with this process and take care of it for you!

In addition, this project presented a second design challenge: the home is on a small lot. While not as controversial as the perceived challenge of adding a new structure in a historic district, this second challenge is one you could face in many urban locations.

A challenging, small space is no match for Archadeck of Salt Lake. We were able to design and construct a decent-sized deck for these clients. For materials we used TimberTech Terrain composite decking boards in the Brown Oak color, with RDI Excalibur railings in black. The fact that the composite decking boards looked so much like natural wood worked in our favor.

We enjoy a challenge and are thrilled that we were successful with this project in The Avenues. As with any outdoor living structure we build, we were careful to design a deck that matched the style of the home. This aspect is important to us regardless of the neighborhood in which we’re working.

If you live in a historic neighborhood, have a small lot or a particularly challenging project, call now to begin a design consultation for your new Salt Lake deck, patio, porch, sunroom or three-season room. Call today for a design consultation. 801.683.2355

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