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Flip Flop House: Farewell to Wood Framing….

Ah wood framing.  Its been real.  Its been fun.  Its….time to move on!  99% of the wood framing is complete!  Woohoo!  Here are few last pictures of the process:

This large skylight will let a lot of light into the house!  It is over the stairwell, so the light will filter all the way down to the ground floor.  The skylight also acts as a heat escape.  There will be fans that will move the hot air up and out.

Looking upwards from the ground floor:

Here, we are standing in the living room on the first floor, looking into the kitchen and dining room areas.  Can’t you just smell a fantastic dinner party?!

This wooden framed box will be a half bathroom.  To the right is the kitchen, and beyond is the living room (of the first floor):

Yesterday, we put up a post that describes the deck drainage in the sub floor.  On this deck, it is sloping from the house towards the exterior (the high point is the right side of the image, and the low point is the left):

They have begun putting in the boxes for the light switches (just wait till you see how many light switches this house has!):

This is the master shower.  You can see the bench, and the sub floor drainage.

Here is the ground floor, where we will have a wine cellar on the left, and the utility room on the right.  The utility room will house the electrical panel, the boiler, the pool and elevator equipment.  The thin pipes that you see standing up from the ground will hold electrical wires.  The metal rods sticking up with the squared off rubber ends are rebar that will be bent down for the concrete floors (check this post for a rebar refresher).

The walls that are above grade (above ground) will be covered in stucco.  You may remember from a posting about the Encino Renovation that we described the process and layering of applying stucco.  For the portion of the concrete foundation walls that are below grade, waterproofing will be applied.

Over-top of the concrete wall, there will be “drainage boards”.  The drainage board “has a series of dimples molded into the plastic that create an air gap between the membrane and the foundation…..the dimples face out towards the soil, and the geotextile creates a free cavity for the water to drain down.” (thanks for the solid explanation help WATERPROOF! Magazine)

The waterproofing membrane will them be laid overtop of the drainage board.  Here’s a nice little drawing of it (courtesy of the Tremco website):

Above the weatherproofing, and below the stucco, there will be a “weep screed” (also shown in a diagram on this past post).  A weep screed is a metal flashing used to allow moisture to drain down into the drainage board.  Click over to here for a quick example

And here it is, applied on the Flip Flop House’s foundation walls:

Farewell wood framing.  You’ve been good to us, and we hope to see ya around in the future.  Like, every time we look at the house.