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Flip Flop House: White, White Everywhere!

I think that I make a comment on every post about how exciting the particular process is….but seriously, this is sooooo exciting!!  The Flip Flop House looks like a house!  A big, white, beautiful home on the beach!

We can’t wait to show you the totally finished terrazzo stair case, and those beautifully wrapped stainless steel columns beyond!

Check out last weeks post for some good info on the staircase:

In this hallway, to the left we have the spinning walls that will hold the owner’s artwork.  To the right are the sliding doors that open onto the upstairs atrium that provides beautiful light and air to the office and master bathroom:

The gorgeous flush interior doors:

This is the client’s office.  This is a great room because it has the wonderful light coming in from the atrium, a view of the rotating walls (which, when they are open, you will be able to see the ocean from this room), and some really really nice wooden shelving.

This is the kitchen area (while standing in the dining room).  All the kitchen cabinetry will go on the right wall underneath the clerestory windows.  A kitchen island made out of Caesarstone will be placed in the middle of the area:

Here, they are bringing the bathroom ceramic tile slabs up to the master shower (verrrrry carefully…)

We chose a ceramic tile product called Kalesinterflex.  It is really beautiful in these large pieces.  It is incredibly smooth and looks seamless!  (Can you tell that’s our style? :)

More finishes to come!  Have a fantastic Monday!

Flip Flop House: Finishes Have Begun!

Well well well….we are back, and a lot has happened to the Flip Flop House since we have last reported on it.

The house is totally coming together, and we are nearing the finish line (no pun intended :) .   We have gotten to the “finishes” phase – which is oh so awesome, because it is looking less like a construction site, and more like a home!  It truly is looking fantastic – we couldn’t be happier.

There are several layers to a finished exterior stucco (check out our detailed stucco description on one of the Encino Renovation posts).  Here is the brown coat on the south side of the house:

And the white finish on the north side:

The lower portion of the staircase glass railing has been installed.  It is so great to see that is turned out perfectly because during the design process, we seriously had to channel our inner geometry-student:

Those little metal guys that hold the glass are called “stand-offs”.

We had them custom designed for this staircase by Accurate Manufactured Products Group – they are really beautiful and clean pieces:

We are loving the way the natural light from the skylight filters down through the stairwell!

Here is one of the bathrooms with Caesarstone around the tub:

The master bathroom:

Someone had to try out this beautiful tub, so Dan took his shoes off and hopped in.  He said it was “sooooooo comfortable!”

The office looks out onto an interior garden patio that is open to the sky above.  This room also receives a lot of beautiful natural light!

The interior recessed lights are trimless, and gorgeous!  They did an incredible job installing them!

And per usual, we end the post with our favorite spot in the house….the main skylight above the stairwell:

We are loving the way the light is laying on these pristine white walls!!

Flip Flop House: Terrazzo, if you please!

Another moment we’ve been eagerly anticipating – the installation of the Terrazzo floors!

It takes about 3 weeks to complete the process (not including polishing, which will be done last in the construction process).  They began installing it in the last week of April – so, by the end of May, we should have our beautiful white floors!

Terrazzo is a polymer based material that is highly durable, easily repairable, easy to clean, and under the right conditions – looks very elegant!  When all is said and done, we will have a flat, seamless floor with pieces of glass and stone that add depth, and just the right amount of shimmer.  They’ll look oh so modern, yet classic!

Over the radiant floor heating, they pour a thin layer of concrete, and then lay a fabric material that will allow the terrazzo to adhere.

Then comes the terrazzo.  Before it is ground down, the material looks a little like cottage cheese (yummm).  Next, they begin grinding the “thin-set” terrazzo:

To get the correct thickness, they have metal pieces along the edges that they will grind down to.  Can’t wait to see it in a couple more weeks!

A few more fun things in the Flip Flop House….

Here is the fireplace for the ground floor living area:

 

On the deck areas, there will be a waterproofing membrane layer, then “lath” (a material that helps things to adhere).  Next, a thin layer of concrete.  On top of the concrete, there will be pedestals (which we’ll tell you more about when they arrive on site ).  Finally, we’ll put on the Sadlerstone Tiles!

Some more waterproofing:

Here are some lights that were just installed:

And we’ll finish this post with a sweet view of the Flip Flop Houses’ own Tower of Terror.  Noooo – just kidding!  We will put in a very safe, quiet, and non-terrifying elevator into this shaft.   Promise!

Flip Flop House: The Flip Flop Part!

This is a highly anticipated and exciting moment for the Flip Flop House!  The flipping and flopping doors!

Our clients for this house love all sorts of art – so we gave them this fun and unique way of displaying their art.  As you can see in the photo in the link above, one side will be painted white to match the rest of the exterior, while the other side will hold art.  Depending on the clients mood, they can turn the art to face the inside of the home, or towards the exterior.  Thats sooo Venice ;)

Part of the fun (for us) with these doors has been figuring out how to execute the idea.  We came up with a design, and the contractor helped us find the perfect hinge – and voila!  Spinning doors!

They are made out of an aluminum frame, so that they would be light, yet strong:

Installing the doors:

Here’s that beautiful hinge that allows for the flipping and the flopping:

Next step is to clad the doors with wood:

We are so looking forward to seeing these guys in their full spinning glory!  (It’s as if I can’t get enough of that photo! ;)