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Flip Flop House: A Little of This, a Little of That…

And this is why we are jumping up and down at DBA…..the delivery of our sliding doors from Goldbrecht-Systems all the way in Switzerland (yeah, take me there right now!)!

And our Fleetwood windows!!  Both the doors and windows have arrived on site, and in about 1 month, they will all be installed!  Here is a window in the master bedroom (go to this post and scroll to the bottom to see where this window is in the room):

This is the pathway to the front door from the gate.  You can see that there will be a little bridge over the reflecting pool:

Here’s another shot of the bridge and reflecting pool:

In our last post, I showed you how they prepared the ceiling for light installation.  They are now starting to put in the lights!  These boxes are so heavy that it takes two men to install them.

Also in the last post, we showed you where the glass handrails are going to go, and the shoes that will hold them.  Here is the piece that they will put a bolt into, and it will secure the shoe and the glass.

Speaking of glass handrails, these threaded rods on the side of the staircase will eventually be holding up large pieces of glass that act as handrails (check out this rendering to see what it will look like):

An early morning on the site isn’t complete with a strong cuppa coff…..I mean, traditional, Argentinean Yerba Maté tea.  Yeahh – and I thought Yerba Maté was only that tea that I got at Trader Joe’s when I wanted to feel like I was being healthy and digesting some “earthy tea” rather than that oh-so-bad-for-you-these-days-coffee!  Turns out that we just Americanized it into a tea bag.  Go figure!  Here’s the real stuff:

Flip Flop House: Poured Concrete Floors

Well, the concrete floors are poured!

Towards the end of construction, the floors will get sealed and polished – so they will be nice and shiny!

They are making “wet saw cuts” in the concrete.  Water is applied to the concrete before cutting to reduce friction.  The cuts will help reduce overall pressure, which will help to prevent cracks from forming in the future.

Here, we are standing in the reflecting pool area, looking into the ground floor living room.  The living room’s sliding glass doors will open up directly to the reflecting pool for a nice, relaxing and peaceful environment.

In the last post, I showed the sliding door’s recessed track framing before the concrete was poured.  Here it is with concrete:

This is the pit where the elevator will finish its long journey from upstairs…

Let’s finish with another image of the sweet stairwell and skylight:

That’s it for our backlog of images – until next site visit!

Flip Flop House: Concrete-ing & Other Essentials

On the site last week, there was the addition of a few details, and some poured concrete.

Here, we are looking up into the elevator shaft.  The top of the shaft is above the roof.  This shows what an area drain looks like from below (to see what it looks like from above, check out this earlier post).  The ceiling is sloped toward the area drain, and the pipes will carry the water off of the roof.

Another drainage issue is located at the sliding doors that lead out to the decks.  Water can accumulate in the tracks of the doors, so we have added a drain pipe in the framing for the tracks:

We are working with the guys on site to coordinate how the finishes will align where the stairs meet the floor.  We want the terrazzo to flow smoothly, and flawlessly, over the floor and the stairs.

Now back to our old buddy, concrete!

This guy is using a machine to compact the ground so that the concrete will have a smooth base to be poured onto:

Leveling the concrete with some very advanced techniques…

Here is still wet concrete, smoothed out.  For the exterior concrete floors, acid is poured on top, which removes the top most layer of concrete.  This leaves it with a texture similar to sandpaper so that when it gets wet, you won’t slip!

The interior floors get a smooth “trowel” finish.  A trowel is that tool he is using to smooth out the concrete.  This concrete floor will be super smooth and beautiful.

Some of the exterior stairs have a recessed light detail that calls for some extra “steps” (ha…ha).  The goal is to have the stairs look as though they are floating above one another, with light coming out from the underside.  Confused?  Here, allow some images to help:

This is the framing for the stairs.  The foam remains while the concrete is poured.  After the concrete dries, they remove the foam, and a void is left (for the lighting).

Here are the same stairs, with concrete.  They are in the process of removing the foam.

Ta da!  We will fit strips of LED lights inside the recessed areas, and at night, you’ll see a sleek glow (they will come back with a concrete saw to make the voids completely straight).

Flip Flop House: Heat It Up!

Last week, they began installing the “Hydronic Loop Radiant Floor Heating System.”  Oh yeah – it is as cool as it sounds.

Hydronic heating (or radiant floor heating) uses heated water flowing through special tubing embedded in the flooring.  The water will be heated by the boiler.

A conventional forced-air system tends to produce uneven heat, with the highest temperatures near the ceiling.  This type of heating puts the heat under your feet, gently warming the room.  The heat is much more comfortable, and saves the owners money in monthly utility bills.

This diagram shows how the system works:

Here it is being installed in the Flip Flop House:

The ground floor will be a concrete slab.  The concrete gets poured directly over the hydronic looping.

Flip Flop House: We’re Back!

After a long blog hiatus (we have been feverishly getting the Code Red House drawings & permits ready for the contractors to bid on), we are back to show you all the (incredible) progress that has been made on the Flip Flop House!

During our site visit on December 14th (2010), the builders were steadily working on the wood framing:

And they poured some concrete:

Get ready, because we have lots more to show you in the upcoming posts….