Here are some more photos of the large skylight above the stairwell:
We had the skylight custom made by Sun Valley Glass in Los Angeles:
The aluminum door fames were shipped from Switzerland, while the glass for the doors came from a glass supplier near San Diego. This saves a lot of money, since they aren’t shipping big pieces of heavy glass from Europe.
Once on site, the frames were glued onto the glass:
The glass for the doors has a “Low-E” coating. This means that they have a coating on them that “reflect[s] radiant infrared energy, thus tending to keep radiant heat on the same side of the glass from which it originated, while letting visible light pass….radiant heat originating from indoors in winter is reflected back inside, while infrared heat radiation from the sun during summer is reflected away, keeping it cooler inside.” (check out more info on Low-E on wikipedia) Cool, huh?
Some of the sliding door frames are installed!
The black paper here, is waterproofing, and the metal sheet is flashing that will help with keeping the water away from the framing. The aluminum shoe rails that will hold the glass handrails will be installed here:
They installed fans in the skylight over the staircase. The fans have a thermometer switch, and when it gets hot, the fans will go on – helping to circulate the air within the staircase.
Another little interesting temperature control item we found was this:
This will react to the thermostat in the house, and will control the heat of the radiant floor.
It takes a couple hours to get the sliding doors completely aligned….
Before installing the windows, they covered the opening with waterproofing. Also, you can see that at the sill (the bottom portion of the window), the framing is cut into a sloped angel so that the water will flow away from the house.
Our first installed windows!
Oh how time is flying by! It seems like just yesterday you were little more than dirt and some rocks….
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:
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!