Category Archives: Santa Monia

Sea Colony: EasyIncline Sinks

As we are closing out this project, we have taken the wraps off of our custom designed Caesarstone sinks.  Part of a line of furniture called EasyIncline, these sinks are custom made based on our own specifications and dimensions.  People usually ask us, “where is the drain?”, well, its hidden away in one of the seams on the right.

Sea Colony: Bathrooms Kitchen and Stairs

New updates for Sea Colony!  Below we see the kitchen island getting further fleshed out with under counter cabinetry that will house sinks and storage space.

All the kitchen cabinetry and appliances are being consolidated and laid out prior to final installation.

Below is a view from the island to the staircase foyer area.

The construction of the staircase involved careful craftsmanship.

On the second floor the tiling in the master bath’s shower is complete and the custom DBA designed sinks have been installed above floating IKEA cabinetry that accent the tiling.

The sinks are Pure White Caesarstone- an elegant material for virtually any setting, but bathrooms in particular.

Below the Duravit Blue Moon circular tub happily echoes the existing circular window that overlooks the beach.

Above: the view from the master shower

Above: the bathtub and master sink.  The tub will be flanked with white acrylic panels and the top face will be lined with elegant teak slats for a polished finish.

Below: the same tiles and sink are applied to a smaller second floor bathroom.

One last look- we’re so close!

Sea Colony: Kitchen Island

Here’s a quickie for Sea Colony- the dramatic kitchen island is well on its way with a flexible framing track and some pliable sheets of poplar.

The curve is created by using a flexible metal (typically galvanized steel) track for use with metal studs.  The shaped track is held in place by hammering down tabs in each link of the track.  These systems have a bridging and spacing device in which each stud comes with a designated hole in order to run the conduit for electrical wiring or another metal bracket for reinforcing lateral bracing.


Sea Colony: Flooring and Cabinetry

The remodel at Sea Colony is continuing steadily.  This week the wood flooring is being installed as well as the bathroom cabinetry.  The fireplace in the master bedroom has been finished with a gray matte porcelain tile, as seen below:

The flooring is being applied to the living room below.  Gluing is a common installation method when using engineered strips of wood floor over a concrete sub-floor.  Here they are spreading a three-plank width of glue over the floor with a notched trowel.  They press the edge of the trowel downward so that the teeth scrape the floor to ensure the proper glue thickness. Then they rotate the trowel to transfer an overlapping quarter-circle pattern onto the floor:

The concrete sub-floor has to be clean and even in order to avoid “popping” which is when the bond of the glue breaks loose in a low spot and that section becomes detached from the sub-floor.

Above the starter board is placed against an expansion gap spacer on the adjacent wall with the grooved edge either on the chalk line or butting against the wall spacers. The board gets pressed back and forth sideways to bed it into the glue.  Then the second plank gets laid the same way and the tongue gets fed into the end groove of the starter board.  In the image above a  dead-blow hammer is used to deliver a light blow on the other end of the board to seat the tongue into the groove.

Above: The finished floor awaiting the trim to meet the drywall.  Below: The trim is measured and cut on site.

In the master shower below the Caesarstone bench will appear as a floating volume that pops from the darker wall and floor tile that has yet to be placed.

These images show the bathroom cabinets that sit below the sinks have been installed according to the drawings.

The tub deck in the smaller bathroom is finished with Pure White Caeserstone- the same used for the shower bench in the master bath.

Sea Colony: Details

A few new details to mention here!  First up: the wood framing for the bathtub was recently added along with water resistant drywall shown below in blue.

Another detail illustrated here is the kerf cut in the door (seen below).  The kerf is a slice which allows for a piece of metal to go between the new dry wall and existing wall.  This forms a perfect 90 degree angle that enables the construction works to set the door directly into the framing so you don’t need a jamb or trim.

Also shown here is the fireplace, which is almost finished- we’ve added the coats of scratch and brown plaster, now we’re just waiting on the finish!