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Flip Flop House: Terrazzo, if you please!

Another moment we’ve been eagerly anticipating – the installation of the Terrazzo floors!

It takes about 3 weeks to complete the process (not including polishing, which will be done last in the construction process).  They began installing it in the last week of April – so, by the end of May, we should have our beautiful white floors!

Terrazzo is a polymer based material that is highly durable, easily repairable, easy to clean, and under the right conditions – looks very elegant!  When all is said and done, we will have a flat, seamless floor with pieces of glass and stone that add depth, and just the right amount of shimmer.  They’ll look oh so modern, yet classic!

Over the radiant floor heating, they pour a thin layer of concrete, and then lay a fabric material that will allow the terrazzo to adhere.

Then comes the terrazzo.  Before it is ground down, the material looks a little like cottage cheese (yummm).  Next, they begin grinding the “thin-set” terrazzo:

To get the correct thickness, they have metal pieces along the edges that they will grind down to.  Can’t wait to see it in a couple more weeks!

A few more fun things in the Flip Flop House….

Here is the fireplace for the ground floor living area:

 

On the deck areas, there will be a waterproofing membrane layer, then “lath” (a material that helps things to adhere).  Next, a thin layer of concrete.  On top of the concrete, there will be pedestals (which we’ll tell you more about when they arrive on site ).  Finally, we’ll put on the Sadlerstone Tiles!

Some more waterproofing:

Here are some lights that were just installed:

And we’ll finish this post with a sweet view of the Flip Flop Houses’ own Tower of Terror.  Noooo – just kidding!  We will put in a very safe, quiet, and non-terrifying elevator into this shaft.   Promise!

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: 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!