February 25, 2010 Deck House

1978 Deck House in Reisterstown on 2.37 Acres – $454K

One version of the classic Deck House. The listing featured here has a garage rather than a carport pictured above.

This listing looks like a late 1970s prefab Deck House. Deck House, Inc. was founded in 1959 by William Berkes, a pioneer in post and beam building systems. The Deck House typically featured post and beam construction with exposed Douglas fir beams and tongue-and-groove vaulted ceilings. The entire rear of the house, located here on more than two acres, is glass, including sliding glass doors leading out to the tree-surrounded deck.

In 1995, Deck House merged with Acorn Structures, which was founded in 1947. The firm was renamed Empyrean International in 2005, the same year that the dwell home by Empyrean brand was developed. The combined companies have built more than 20,000 homes. Facing major financial difficulties, the company went into receivership in 2008.  Today, the company is back in business and renamed to reflect its roots: the Acorn Deck House Company, owned by Trudeau Homes International. I spoke to a company rep today and she said they have been up and running since last fall.  It’s current modern line is called Next House, an updated twist on the Deck House.