Located midway between Los Angeles and San Diego, Dana Point is a midsized coastal community with million-dollar views of the Pacific Ocean and real estate prices to match. So our client’s decision to remove a perfectly good clay-tile roof over an unused attic space on her home and replace it with a 450-square-foot rooftop deck to gain more outdoor living space and a better vantage point for viewing ocean sunsets made perfect sense.

Her 2,200-square-foot home is located on a small, pie-shaped lot in a gated community with strict wind, seismic, fire, and drainage requirements. To meet those requirements, our work was done according to plans that were designed and engineered by Leo Burke Engineering of Dana Point. In addition to building the new deck, we replaced a pair of small windows with bi-folding patio doors, which allowed access to the deck from the two second-floor bedrooms, and installed a new outdoor gas fireplace. Also, to provide access to the deck from the existing patio and pool area, we built a seismically reinforced set of stairs. On the interior, the engineers specced a retrofitted shear wall tied to a new grade beam to seismically reinforce the home.

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