This beautiful home in Portland’s Alameda neighborhood had a knee brace fall off due to poor attachment and dry rot. The pieces that fell weren’t badly rotted so they did not need to be rebuilt, only reattached. Here is the process of historic home repair as performed by Bragg Construction and Remodeling.
Elaborate Architectural Details on this Historic Home
A knee brace holds up the edge of the roof. (The dark green things). The wide board here is known as a “barge board” Notice the beautiful detailing!
Ladder Up to the Porch Roof
Notice the missing knee brace, upper right corner of photo.
Scaffolding Setup for Working Safely and Efficiently
Bragg Construction and Remodeling creates safe work platforms for efficient working.
Scaffolding Helps to Hold Knee Brace in Place
The diagonal part of the knee brace has been drilled and glued ready to lift into position.
Scaffolding Helps in a Multitude of Ways
The scaffolding holds the craftsman, tools and provides a platform for the house jack. A one inch lift is accomplished so that the restoration is Perfect.
What are we doing with the Bungie Cord?
The carpenter makes the final lift while attaching with long screws and glue. The bungie simply provides a “helping hand”.
The knee brace is repaired, caulked, and ready for paint
All that is needed now is painting and regular maintenance.
Repaired right knee brace, caulked and ready for paint!
Historic Home Repair… The house is healed!
Historic home preservation takes care and skill.