Category Archives: Santa Monia

Sea Colony: Fireplace

To create a new modern fireplace from an existing one, please follow closely:

Step one: cover existing fireplace with black building paper to waterproof

Step two: cover paper with a wire fabric lath (not chicken wire!) to reinforce plaster

Step three: include J-molding and corner beads to encapsulate the ends of the plaster and give a smooth form to fireplace

Step four: add three coats of plaster- scratch, brown and finish)

Step five: light a fire and make some s’mores!

Sea Colony: Radiant Heat Complete!

Hi all!  It’s been awhile, but we are very happy to report that the radiant heating has been fully installed and we are well on our way to filling out the bones with drywall!

And now for the top layer of concrete!

Since the design called for a cook-top in the kitchen island, we had to cut into the floor slab in order to accommodate

the appropriate venting.

That’s all for now!

Sea Colony: Radiant Flooring Update

We’re making great progress with our radiant heating!  The flooring has been cut, scraped and jack-hammered to make way for the tubing.  The tubing layout establishes an arrangement for the tubing so that when the pump delivers warm water throughout a heating zone, the flow will give maximum comfort and efficiency. Ideally, the flow throughout the system should be even and not generate hot or cold spots. Another crucial aspect of layout is to keep the system from exerting an extraneous amount of electricity for operating the pump while keeping in mind the tube length and flow rate.


Sea Colony: Lights, Camera…Radiant Heating!

Some new additions to Sea Colony this week include:

New stairs supported by new bracing

New holes for access to plumbing in upstairs bathrooms to connect to kitchen plumbing below

Electrical wiring being installed

New lighting fixtures and housing added to kitchen and living room

And continuous peaceful co-existence between paper and floor drawings as appears evident in the images below!


Sea Colony- Framing, Insulation and Wiring

Exciting new updates for Sea Colony!  Along with new framing and wiring being introduced, there was also a very productive site meeting in which many construction decisions were finalized.

The existing column in the transition space between the kitchen and living room was rotting and unsound and quickly replaced with a new one.

In the wet bar area another existing column reveals a HDU 5 hold down which is typically installed at the two ends of a plywood shear wall.  The hold down resists against the uplifting moment force that is being caused by lateral loads at the top of the wall.   The hold down is connected to the floor slab with an embedded anchor bolt.

Moving further into the living room we find a new framing constructed underneath the fireplace.

During the site meeting there was much discussion about the stair railing and what options would be the most beneficial for maximizing daylight entry and highlighting the space.

After much deliberation the consensus was that a glass railing supported by stainless steel standoffs and a glass mounted bracket would not only allow for the most amount of light but would also provide a very sleek and polished look.


The glass railing will continue and frame out the hallway on the second floor.

In the master bedroom we find new window framing as well as the new master closet that helps support a new beam.


Having removed a load-bearing wall in the master bathroom, a new 4×10 beam is introduced in order to redistribute the load and to open up the space.

Highlighted above are very elegant Simpson hanger ties connecting beams and joists together.

All Romex electrical wiring is used throughout the house and is sheathed in a plastic coating.

Another discussion during the site meeting involved what type of insulation or material finishes would be applied in order to create a noise barrier forthe sound booth room.  Some options included tiling, sound deadening sheet rock (also known as “quiet rock”) and a sealed door- further research is required.

This round window is just begging for its beautiful circular Duravit bath tub counterpart!

And lastly, it’s always fantastic to see the visual translation from drawings of the space to drawings on the space- we’re moving fast!