Lyons Farm House is a historic structure located within the Arabia Mountain Heritage Area in DeKalb County, Georgia. Built in the 1820s, it is believed to be one of the oldest homesteads in DeKalb County. The home was built with stone foundation walls, wood framing, and brick chimneys, and is surrounded by multiple outbuildings including privy, barn, smokehouse, and sorghum mill. Currently the house is in very poor condition and continues to degrade. Stability Engineering provided an inspection of the home’s interior and exterior structural damage and produced a report outlining the required repairs to minimally stabilize the structure and reduce further deterioration. At this point, the stated goal is not to make the structure habitable, but to prevent catastrophic failure. Multiple types of damage were observed relating to water exposure, moisture, insect infestation and other age related issues.
Renovation of existing 19th century barns and new visitor’s center design for the Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Conyers, GA. The existing wood structure of the Big Barn required extensive non-destructive wood testing and resulting replacement and reinforcement due to powder-post beetle damage and water damage. The existing structure of the Historic Barn required a custom steel “web” reinforcement. The new Abbey Store, Monastic Center, and cloister feature custom wood roof trusses and custom storefronts.
Renovation of a 2-story garage and apartment building, originally designed by Neel Reid, into office space. The building, which had been damaged by years of moisture exposure required ground up replacement of structural elements. The renovation also included increasing the 2nd story capacity to support 100 psf live load. The 1st floor exterior walls were completely replaced along with duplicates of the architectural elements including hidden gutters, cantilvered canopy and high pitched roof.
Stability Engineering was contacted by the current owners who have had the house in the family for multiple generations. We performed an as-built structural analysis and produced repair drawings to fully restore the house, designing the ground floor to support assembly loads. The proposed use is for a wedding venue, family gathering space, and vacation home. Repairs take historic construction techniques into consideration while increasing the structural capacity and bringing the structure up to today’s standards.