With the dry weather and 4th of July celebrations at the forefront, the threat of fire danger is on many of our minds. At Quail Homes fire protection and prevention are not just a seasonal concern. We take the time and effort to build custom homes beyond the building code minimum requirement. Taking into consideration the location and lifestyle of our clients, we offer products and build new homes to protect home owners from fire dangers for many years to come. Read on!
Some of areas in Washington are under strict requirements that all exterior building material should be made of non-combustible products. This includes siding, decking, and roof material. While this might seem like an extreme measure to require such products, our team has personally seen how this would be beneficial for a home owner. One of our clients had a home fire that started because of cedar deck material and cedar siding. If they would have had a deck made of a non-combustible products and fiber cement siding, the end result for them could have been very different. In their new custom home they have non-combustible decking, railing, and siding. Their home also is equipped with an automatic fire sprinkler system.
Let’s talk about fire sprinkler systems. There are requirements by municipality for residential fire sprinkler systems. House size and location can be determining factors to meet this requirement. During the feasibility and design process we cover all the bases to build a home that accommodates this system. If a home is built on land with a well, a fire sprinkler holding tank is required. We customize our mechanical rooms to allow room for these tanks along with all the other home mechanical pieces. The fire sprinkler heads in the home also come into the design process. We make sure that ceiling treatments won’t be aesthetically compromised by the heads. For instance, you can barely see the heads in this photo below, so we’ll point them out to you.
Fire risk is always considered during the design phase and it fire protection doesn’t end with the home structure. Our thoughtful approach to fire prevention carries over to exterior design and outdoor entertainment areas like outdoor kitchens, BBQ’s and fire pits.
Our landscape design is also an important part of fire prevention. Think about homes with trees that overhang the roof line of a home. A homeowner we are building for experienced a fire in the past because of this very situation. Fireworks flying through the air caused the tree to catch on fire which spread to the house. Creating a landscape that has drought tolerant plants, avoiding combustible ground cover (bark dust) and planting trees away from the home helps with fire prevention. The home below is a good example.
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