local contractor Troy Seaberg’s remodelling/construction company, Seaberg
Construction. According to Seaberg, the
Smiths are not alone in their desire for
outdoor additions. “It’s always around
this time our phone starts ringing,”
Seaberg said. “By June our schedule is
The business has not only been good
enough to keep his three- or four-man
crew busy for the 24 years he’s been
in business, but also leaves room for
Havre’s many other contractors, like
Schubert Brothers Construction, Larson
Construction and Lotton Construction.
Seaberg may have been working at
these kinds of projects for more than
20 years, but he had never worked on a
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patio project quite as ambitious as the
one he and his crew worked on over the
past two summers.
The homeowner who sticks out most
in Seaberg’s mind is one we will refer
to as RB to maintain her anonymity.
RB came to Seaberg to help in adding
a garage behind her and her husband’s
house. At first, the plan was to pave an
open patio area between the garage and
the house, but it grew.
“Originally we just wanted a breezeway through here, but then we thought
it’d be nice if the cats could come out
here,” RB said, and it was enclosed.
The third wall is brick, to match the
house and new garage. But the fourth
wall, that’s the special wall.
Inspired by a design feature she saw
at a house in Portland, Ore., the southfacing wall in this space is one 26-foot
long wall of glass doors that completely
fold up to open the area to the outdoors.
Though still in progress, the plan is
to fill the space beyond the disappearing
wall with large columns, more paved
outdoor area and landscaping. RB has
a vision of huge pillars surrounded by
planters, hoisting additional overhead
covering, to ease the transition from
inside to outside even further. The concept makes doors look passé.
The most prominent fixture of the
room is a large, oval, concrete table
that also happens to shoot flames from
amidst a pile of volcanic rocks at its
This was one of the most challenging
parts of the patio for Seaberg and his
crew, particularly the depth of the table
and running the gas lines that fuel the
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