I’m a carpenter who primarily works in the Hudson Valley region of New York. Currently, I’m finishing up an addition-remodel of a Victorian-style home that the company I work for, New Dimension Construction, began this past January.

Central to the project is a two-story addition with a kitchen on the first floor and a bedroom on the second. In plan view, the addition forms what is essentially a new east wing, which changes the home’s previous L-shaped building footprint to a U-shaped one. The existing west “wing” is a section of the home that we’re renovating; it contains a new first-floor sitting room and remodeled second-floor master bathroom. The two wings are separated by a new stone patio area. (See “Partial Site Plan”.)

An interesting feature of the addition is a trellis that projects out from its north-facing end wall. Framed with pressure-treated 2x10s sistered onto the second-floor framing, the trellis cantilevers out 7 feet. To support the cantilever, we ran the trellis framing 14 feet back into the building and secured it to the floor joists with a tight on-center pattern of 12-gauge framing nails and 3-inch LedgerLok screws. (Mahogany will cover the trellis’s framing, and steel cables will run up from grade to allow vines to grow onto the structure.)

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