May 14, 2011 Deck House
Two Deck Houses in Fairfax County
Two new listings for Deck Houses came on the market this week. One in Pine Ridge in Fairfax and another in Reston. The 1981 home in Pine Ridge is on more than acre and open Sunday (May 15). The 1977 house in Reston backs up to Lake Thoreau.
While both of these homes were built later, 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.
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. It’s current modern line is called Next House, an updated twist on the Deck House.