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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: Farewell to Wood Framing….

Ah wood framing.  Its been real.  Its been fun.  Its….time to move on!  99% of the wood framing is complete!  Woohoo!  Here are few last pictures of the process:

This large skylight will let a lot of light into the house!  It is over the stairwell, so the light will filter all the way down to the ground floor.  The skylight also acts as a heat escape.  There will be fans that will move the hot air up and out.

Looking upwards from the ground floor:

Here, we are standing in the living room on the first floor, looking into the kitchen and dining room areas.  Can’t you just smell a fantastic dinner party?!

This wooden framed box will be a half bathroom.  To the right is the kitchen, and beyond is the living room (of the first floor):

Yesterday, we put up a post that describes the deck drainage in the sub floor.  On this deck, it is sloping from the house towards the exterior (the high point is the right side of the image, and the low point is the left):

They have begun putting in the boxes for the light switches (just wait till you see how many light switches this house has!):

This is the master shower.  You can see the bench, and the sub floor drainage.

Here is the ground floor, where we will have a wine cellar on the left, and the utility room on the right.  The utility room will house the electrical panel, the boiler, the pool and elevator equipment.  The thin pipes that you see standing up from the ground will hold electrical wires.  The metal rods sticking up with the squared off rubber ends are rebar that will be bent down for the concrete floors (check this post for a rebar refresher).

The walls that are above grade (above ground) will be covered in stucco.  You may remember from a posting about the Encino Renovation that we described the process and layering of applying stucco.  For the portion of the concrete foundation walls that are below grade, waterproofing will be applied.

Over-top of the concrete wall, there will be “drainage boards”.  The drainage board “has a series of dimples molded into the plastic that create an air gap between the membrane and the foundation…..the dimples face out towards the soil, and the geotextile creates a free cavity for the water to drain down.” (thanks for the solid explanation help WATERPROOF! Magazine)

The waterproofing membrane will them be laid overtop of the drainage board.  Here’s a nice little drawing of it (courtesy of the Tremco website):

Above the weatherproofing, and below the stucco, there will be a “weep screed” (also shown in a diagram on this past post).  A weep screed is a metal flashing used to allow moisture to drain down into the drainage board.  Click over to here for a quick example

And here it is, applied on the Flip Flop House’s foundation walls:

Farewell wood framing.  You’ve been good to us, and we hope to see ya around in the future.  Like, every time we look at the house.

Flip Flop House: Wood Framing Details

On a site visit on December 16 (2010) – we focused on some more detailed aspects of the design that were coming together.  First, we must climb the stairs….

Directly above the stairs is a massive (aka awesome!) skylight.  This site visit was right before the torrential downpours in Los Angeles this past December – so the framers covered up the skylight in advance.

Dan and Neil needed to go over some alignments regarding the shoe that the glass handrails will fit into:

The “shoe” is a piece of metal that will hold the glass handrails.  It will be recessed into the floor, and you will only see the top edges of the shoe.  This is just a sample of the shoe.  The ones we use will be the length of the deck.

In the master bedroom, there is a window that looks out into the hallway with the staircase and skylight.  Across this hall, there is another window that looks into the shower, then into the master bathroom.  Since the entire top floor is the master “suite” – there won’t be any need to cover these windows.  When showering, they’ll get to look through these windows and have a great view of the ocean!  Ahhh talk about relaxing!

This might help you see it better.  The light blue areas show where the windows are.  The first blue box that shows up is the window in front of the master shower.  The next one is the window in the master bedroom.  Behind the camera are big sliding glass doors that open towards the beach.

The master bathroom has a freestanding wall that we will attach custom sinks and cabinetry to.  They have begun putting some plumbing in:

In the master walk-in closet, we have two recessed pockets for the lighting.  This will look really clean once the drywall is put in and you see flush, glowing strips of light in the ceilings.

This is a small deck area outside of the office on the second floor.  The flooring underneath the finished floor is called the “sub floor”.  On decks, where it is exposed to the weather (rain), the sub floor is sloped so that water will fall into the area drain (the little hole in the middle of the sloped area).

Here is some more plumbing for a bathroom:

And lastly, here is the North side of the master bedroom (for those of us who are directionally challenged, the ocean is on the left :).  Here, we will have a window, a fireplace and an AC/Heating Unit.

This is sort of what it will look like (there will also be some shelving underneath the AC Unit that I didn’t draw):

In the next post, we’ll show you some of the incredible views from the Flip Flop House!