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Encino Renovation: Finished Product Sneak Peek!

Back in the summer and fall, you may remember that we were working on a renovation in Encino.  Well, we will be posting all of the photos of the finished project soon, but we had to show you just one now!  I must say, it looks awesome!!  I suggest taking a look at what the entire home looked like before we go our design hands into it.

Here is what the living room looked like before:

And here it is now:

Hard to tell that its the same room, right?  We are excited to show you the other parts of the house!

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 & Awesome: Time Lapse Fun II

The wood framing portion of construction takes much longer than the steel framing.  The steel took a quick 2 weeks to put up.  Wood framing began in late October – it is now December, and we still have walls and furred down ceilings to go!  But it is still fun watching the whole thing happen….especially with a nifty time lapse video :)