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Flip Flop House: The Reflecting Pool

The concrete for the reflecting pool has been poured!  We knew this was going to be a major feature of the house, but seeing it in real life “cements” that for us (pun totally intended!).  There will be some awesome reflecting done in this pool!

The pool drains sticking up in the middle of the pool will be trimmed down and topped with a plastic drain cover.  The pool light locations have just the light housing unit right now.  The pool concrete will get covered with a dark blue stucco, and then the lights will be put in.

As you walk into the property from the side gate (which is the main entrance), you will be faced with an infinity pool and a waterfall that takes water down into the lower pool that stretches down the length, and in front of, the house.

This may help you get a better idea of what it will look like (and this view is more similar to what you would see when walking in from the side gate):

We were able to walk up the stairs to the top floor yesterday, and get our first glance at the view from the master bedroom.  How sweet is this?!

Flip Flop House: Wood Framing & Concrete

On the site, they are putting up wood framing, and pouring more concrete.  And yes, that is quite exciting for us :)

The wood framing portion of the building process takes longer than the steel – but it will look more and more like a home as the floors, walls and ceilings get filled in!

The concrete guys are back to work pour some more walls for us.  Here is a concrete curb at the side entrance of the property:

The 6′-0″ site wall that separates the Flip Flop House from the Code Red House:

Every time concrete is poured, samples are taken by dipping these canisters into the concrete.  They are then sent to a lab to show the strength of the concrete mix in order to keep track of the quality of the concrete we use.  #stuffyoudidn’tknow

The wood framing is moving along:

The wood joists support the flooring, while the blocking minimizes flexing in the joists.

The Nelson Studs are threaded rods that are welded to the steel and connect the wood to the steel.  We describe these more in the post Flip Flop House:  Wood Framing Begins!

Here’s a closeup of the joists and blocking:

These metal “buckets” support the “PSLs” that are used throughout the floor, according to the structural plans.  “PSLs consists of long veneer strands laid in parallel formation and bonded together with an adhesive to form the finished structural section. This product is used for beam and header applications where high bending strength is needed.” (via the APA-The Engineered Wood Association)

To end this post, here are some (awesome) views from the 1st floor living room:

Happy November!


Encino Home Renovation: Foundations

When doing a big renovation (especially on an older home), there will most likely need to be new foundation work done.  This was the case with the Encino Home.

Our design converted the garage into more living space, so we had to raise the floor to match the rest of the living area.  This called for new foundations.

The rebar shown below went into the holes we cut in the garage floor.  A column was placed on top of the rebar in the center of the cut.  Then, concrete was poured in place.  The new raised floor rests on these columns.

Also, during the demo work, we found that the house was missing foundations underneath many of the existing columns – meaning that they weren’t really supporting the house!  (You can see in the picture that there is no concrete foundation beneath the column…)

Actually, the west side of the house was sinking!  To fix this, we added concrete foundations underneath these columns.

Since we converted the garage into living space, we put in a carport per city ordinance – which also needed a foundation.  The circled blocks are pieces of concrete (called “dobie”) that will go in first, then rebar lays on top of them.  Next, concrete is poured in place to create a grade beam to support the structure.

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Even More Fun Walls!

Moving on from the perimeter walls from last week, the construction crew has laid out the form-work for the reflecting pool wall:

Can’t you just picture it?

There are some other intriguing things on site….

Big steel columns (that will be going up in about 1 month) will be welded onto the plates, and the adjustable bars will be tightened so that the column will stand straight (similar to the idea of a Christmas tree base).

Also, these steel rebars will be bent until they are horizontal, and will be within the poured concrete slab floor:

Also in the world of exciting DBA construction news – our sign is up!

….Until the next site visit!