Christopher French Construction Company Website

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Bonded and Insured, License # 500957
Located in Santa Clarita, California

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Christopher French Construction Company
Patio Cover Professionals
We build patio covers of all shapes and sizes!

Over 38 years of experience -
Local in Santa Clarita for over 29 years!
We are a family owned business who do the majority of the work ourselves.
Patio covers are our speciality.  If you are looking for a professional in building you a patio cover in Santa Clarita, you will be happy to know that our
expertise in designing and building will satisfy your every need at an affordable price. From shade to covered to open beams and free standing
structures, we do it all. We also repair damaged and rotted patios. We will help you design and build the patio cover right for you. We also do hard
scape and landscaping to complete any needs you may have, making our service convenient and trustworthy in coordinating the different trades
involved so the work is completed properly.  (Sorry, we don't do vinyl or aluminum products).   
See the many examples below with info and photos
about each carefully built patio cover we take pride in!
This is page 2, see page 1 also!
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Web builder note: the small thumbnails are large photos to link to
from stories here and also need to be added to the portfolio.
Above, is an unusual patio cover built with a scissors truss to
support the roof rafters on one end of the cover, and the other
end was supported on the house roof and exterior wall. This
customer had a beautiful view which he did not want to
obstruct, by adding another post and beam in the center. The
scissors truss design was built strong enough to handle the
span and weight of the roof. It also gave more open height and
a very interesting look! This photo was taken during the
construction process.  
Special engineering was necessary, with heavy steel straps
and bolts. The posts were 2-2x10's with a 3x8 between. The
upper and lower chords were dbl 2x8's, with 3x8 knee
braces and gable supports. The large truss was built in
place with special scaffolding to support it before the bolting
was in place. The block pillars below were filled solid with
concrete and steel rebar. The connection at the house and
existing rafters were also engineered to withstand the added
stress of the wind load factor.
Do you like curves? This shade patio cover
was built with curved, or corbeled, knee
braces. Because the cover was free
standing in some areas, we had to install
these braces going in both directions. Most
often the house supports the patio cover in
one direction and the knee braces support
it in the other direction.
This patio cover was originally infested with
dry-rot, and termites in the wood deck, that
we replaced with raised concrete and brick.
The view was very beautiful, and therefore
we eliminated 2 posts that were built in the
1st patio cover years before to open-up
more mountain view.
Whether you like cures or straight, knee braces are
required if you get a building permit. Each knee brace has
a certain amount of holding power in square footage of the
roof. For example, if you have 100 square feet of roof, and
each knee brace can support 35 square feet, you would
need 3 knee braces. The house also plays into the
calculations. Be sure to check with the building dept in your
area for local code requirements.
In this photo, Andrew, is attaching with
screws the floor planks to the special
treated lumber for the floor joists and
girders, to make a wooden deck. The
treated lumber was approved for ground
contact, although we built it above the dirt.
The customers who had us build this deck
and solid patio cover, wanted something to
remind them of the homes in Pennsylvania
where they grew up. The house was built on
a raised foundation, and had old concrete
steps to access their very large backyard.
We offered building a raised concrete and
flagstone deck, but
they wanted wood, to
give it that Pennsylvanian feel they
This wood deck, built with 22 concrete piers, 4x6 girders
and 2x6 joists (all treated lumber approved for ground
contact) was very solid. Spanning over old broken patio
slabs and uneven ground, this deck was a very nice
addition to their home!
Their backyard had so much wildlife from the surrounding hills. We saw quail,
rabbits, and many different birds and hawks. The owners said it's not unusual to
see bobcats resting under their shade tree. They said they would spend many
hours sitting on the deck just enjoying the animals and sounds of nature!

Notice how the house overhang was removed so
the patio cover roof could sit on
the house wall. This method is superior in strength and aesthetics, to what they
had before, rafters hanging on the fascia boards.
See other web pages with this website:
New - Building a custom home from scratch! See how we built this home from the dirt up!
Portfolio (See hundreds of our photos)
Cardon Cactus (video of how we planted this giant cactus cutting)
Patio Covers and Decks (Info and photos about Decks, Patio Covers, Pergola's and Trellises)
Kitchen Remodeling and Cabinetry (Info and photos about Kitchen remodels and more)
Waterfalls (Video and info how we built a large waterfall)
Home Page (See about us)