The wood framers have moved in. We are doing things a bit asynchronous in order to keep up our tight schedule. Staying on track, the framers will construct the deck of the 1st floor to start. This will allow other crews / trades to work below safely. You can see that the framers have built themselves a floating cat walk to ease their work.
The first step is to attach the beams at the rim of the structure. At each steel beam, there are steel studs (Nelson Studs, nothing to do with Nelson’s Column). The lumber is mounted to these studs, and field measuring is done at each unique location. It takes roughly 30 minutes to complete each beam.
Below, the wood beam is attached to the steel structure. You can see that now the Nelson studs have bolts and washers at their ends. The wood has also been prepared in such a way so that the bolts are countersunk into the wood. Check out Countersinking for more information. As a whole, we prefer this method of mounting, however, there is added labor.
Above each steel beam, there is also a piece of lumber. This is called a plate. The plate is used as a means to interface the other miscellaneous framing and decking.
October in Los Angeles usually brings sun, bright blue skies, and mid 70° temperatures….but, not yesterday. Yesterday was cold (yes, 55° is cold when you live in a desert-ish climate!), rainy and quite gloomy. The guys on site left early because of the weather…..but not before they put up some more steel and stairs!!
The first flight of stairs! I can’t even count the hours we spent designing these to make sure they fit juuuuust right:
Here is the view from (what will be) the first floor:
Even on a gloomy day, the beach and ocean is still a beautiful scene to have right outside your home!