Lake Jacksonville is located about three miles from downtown Jacksonville, TX and offers 1,325 acres of inviting water. The lake is surrounded by beautiful waterfront homes, mature pines and hardwoods, and makes for the perfect getaway where John Sisson and his family enjoy summer evening sunsets from the vantage point of their lakefront vacation house.
“We had been looking to replace the deck on the house and put a new roof on the boat house, but as we contemplated it, we wanted all of the wood to match, so we elected to replace the decking on the boat house as well,” commented Sisson. He continued, “So, this really involved two projects - a new deck for the house and renovating our boat house, and simply because of timing we started on the boat house first back in February of this year.”
When sourcing materials for both projects, Sisson was confronted with the high cost of lumber. He was looking for cedar or even pressure treated wood, but given the pricing at the time, other materials, like imported ipe, became more feasible. “While doing a web search I came across Thermally Modified Wood and found Americana™,” he said. “I sent a message request via the Americana website and I received a phone call nearly right away, so I was immediately impressed by their responsiveness.”
The Sissons’ new deck and renovated boat house were completed in August. Americana Thermally Modified Ash decking is used for the planking on the boat house deck, as well as the new deck on the back of the lake house, while pieces of Americana 2x2 and 2x6 and 1x6 lumber make up the railing and facia boards, with stacked 1x6’s making up the facia. “My family and I, our neighbors, and both of our builders love how the deck and boat house came out. We’re expecting many more years of enjoying beautiful sunsets,” added Sisson.
The builders coated the Americana product with a clear Cutek protective coating, and the Sissons are looking forward to letting the Americana wood silver naturally.
Boathouse Builder - David Counahan
Deck Builder - Junior Suarez, J & C Services, Jacksonville, TX