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eople often remark that “beauty is only skin deep” or that they “built a home from the ground up,” but the bones of this Old World beauty go much deeper... actually, 60 feet deep into the earth. The renovation of an existing home on this lakeside site was briefly considered before its structural inconsistencies due to settling into the marsh-like clay were revealed. The homeowners had always harbored a love for the intricate details and eminently livable appeal of a Tudor home. Their last home was built with Kevin Einfeld, president and owner of BDR Custom Homes, and they knew that he and his team of craftsman would have the exceptional skills needed to make their dream a reality. BDR has a reputation for building homes that emulate their founding goal to “exceed every client’s expectation through excellence in design, craftsmanship, and communication.” After tear-down, the building site was quite wet and close to water level. BDR’s lead builder, Mark Homans, explained the engineering feat that gave this home its solid roots. “Helical piers are steel screws augered down until they reach the correct torque. This was quite an undertaking,” Mark commented, “since 40 to 60 feet was the average. These piers essentially act like a boat’s anchor, and are a means of transferring structural load from an upper layer of undesirable soil and securing it to a lower layer of stable material. We then build a concrete beam at grade reinforced with steel and resting on the capped augers.”

TEXT BY LYNN BAKEMAN PHOTOS BY BILL LINDHOUT

Early winter 2015  

BDR Custom Homes, 42 North Architects and Jennifer Butler Interior Design conquer the challenge of creating an authentic, lakeside Tudor. A...

Early winter 2015  

BDR Custom Homes, 42 North Architects and Jennifer Butler Interior Design conquer the challenge of creating an authentic, lakeside Tudor. A...