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Old 07-22-2013, 08:10 PM
 
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Looking to put up a roof deck at my primary residence in Boston where I have roof rights...any recommendations on where to find good architects and/or contractors?

What's a rule of thumb per sq. ft for a normal deck in the Boston area -- anybody done one recently?

Thanks.
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Old 07-23-2013, 12:58 PM
 
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I built one last year in South Boston on an existing condo. I used Abacus Builders, and the architect that drew the plans was Tim Johnson. I originally had wanted a head house so when you walk up the stairs you can just walk up to a top floor landing out onto the deck. Those plans were denied by ISD. After 9 months of back and forth, we came to an agreement to allow me to put in a roof hatch (scuttle) at the top of my back stair case, essentially cutting a hole in the roof. Abacus had done this a few times before and you can see mine and other roof decks on his website.

I interviewed about 12 contractors; only 2 wanted the job. Of the two, they both were very similar in price. Spent a lot of time customizing the railing, trex wood, lighting, electrical, etc. Its a 144 square foot deck area, built with Trex synthetic wood and iron railing, and a 10' x 3' walkway that connects the hatch to the deck. The hatch was a huge expensive in it of itself - $5k. Total price was $23k. It's a very expensive deck but they are almost requirements now for resale on top-level Southie condos.

Hope this helps.

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Old 07-25-2013, 05:53 PM
 
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I built one last year in South Boston on an existing condo. I used Abacus Builders, and the architect that drew the plans was Tim Johnson. I originally had wanted a head house so when you walk up the stairs you can just walk up to a top floor landing out onto the deck. Those plans were denied by ISD. After 9 months of back and forth, we came to an agreement to allow me to put in a roof hatch (scuttle) at the top of my back stair case, essentially cutting a hole in the roof. Abacus had done this a few times before and you can see mine and other roof decks on his website.

I interviewed about 12 contractors; only 2 wanted the job. Of the two, they both were very similar in price. Spent a lot of time customizing the railing, trex wood, lighting, electrical, etc. Its a 144 square foot deck area, built with Trex synthetic wood and iron railing, and a 10' x 3' walkway that connects the hatch to the deck. The hatch was a huge expensive in it of itself - $5k. Total price was $23k. It's a very expensive deck but they are almost requirements now for resale on top-level Southie condos.

Hope this helps.
Is yours the Middle St Roof Deck? Looks like real nice work, although the local view leaves much to be desired - not much to look at. I'm sure it looks awesome at night with downtown lit up.

Roof Deck question - when it comes time to replace the roof, how will they deal with the portion that is under the deck?
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Old 07-29-2013, 11:44 AM
 
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Is yours the Middle St Roof Deck? Looks like real nice work, although the local view leaves much to be desired - not much to look at. I'm sure it looks awesome at night with downtown lit up.

Roof Deck question - when it comes time to replace the roof, how will they deal with the portion that is under the deck?
Oops just saw this - I have to fix my settings so I get emails. The views are actually pretty good (keeping in mind this is not waterfront or Back Bay, its basically Dorchester), as usual pictures don't do anything justice. Andrew square being what it is, there is a bit of industrial development so of course we see that. At night is remarkable, as you guessed.

As per the Deed for the house, when the roof needs replacement, I am responsible for all costs associated with the deck being in the way. Typically its removed, which based on how its constructed is a surprisingly easy task. However, during construction I had the entire roof (rubber) re-sealed and all flashing redone. The condition of the rubber itself was good to great, so I anticipate at least 10 more years before that's even a consideration.

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Old 04-19-2014, 06:58 AM
 
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Default Roof deck hatch

Hi there. Thanks for your post on your roof deck experience. Has been very helpful in making our decision to redo ours. Will likely reach out to Abacus next week. Anyway, do you mind sharing the name/brand/builder of the domed roof hatch you used. Ours needs replaced. Thanks again.
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Old 04-25-2014, 07:29 AM
 
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Sorry for the delay -

Its a Nystrom hatch. Bilco is the 'big' manufacturer for hatches, but they're the priciest. I went with Nystrom as they are well reviewed, there are no perceivable differences, they're made here in the USA, and Nystrom includes shipping to your door in the price of the unit.

I got the RHPG, seen here Service Stair Access | Access Panels, Roof Hatches | Nystrom Commercial Building Products.

Its flat - not a bubble. I also opted not to get a sky light to save on cost. Its over the back staircase, not inside my unit, so it didn't matter. I have a bunch of pictures of the construction process if you're interested.
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Old 05-06-2014, 05:53 AM
 
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Default Roof hatch thanks

Thanks for the reply. No problem on the timing, this is an October project for us. Your feedback will certainly help - appreciate it. No need for the pics - your video is all I need. Thanks for doing that as well.
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Old 05-15-2014, 03:51 PM
 
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. I originally had wanted a head house so when you walk up the stairs you can just walk up to a top floor landing out onto the deck. Those plans were denied by ISD. After 9 months of back and forth, we came to an agreement to allow me to put in a roof hatch (scuttle) at the top of my back stair case, essentially cutting a hole in the roof.

Hope this helps.
Did you get buy-in and approval from your neighborhood association before approaching ISD? I see a number of roof decks in Andrew with head houses. I wonder what made your request so different?

Did you need to rewrite your condo docs, too?

Thx!
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Old 05-16-2014, 07:46 AM
 
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From what I was told from several developers in the area, the approval process is a random hat. There was a head house approved literally across the street from me, after mine was denied, and one about halfway up my street, also after mine was denied. Maybe you have to know the right people. The only difference I can see is that my house is the last on the street before it curves, so it potentially could have blocked some other people's views.

To answer your first two questions, no and no. Never thought of it.

Condo docs: Yes, the hatch is at the top of the back staircase. The back stairs used to be 100% common space, but now the landing going from the third floor up to the roof was absorbed into my unit, which gives me an extra 20 square feet (anything helps with resell). I had to get plans redrawn for that floor, new condo docs defining the units, and a new budget as my percentage had increased (and thus my monthly condo fee).
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Old 05-18-2014, 11:39 PM
 
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Thanks for the info! Looking to do this in a few years - I hope!
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