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Flip Flop House: Finishes Have Begun!

Well well well….we are back, and a lot has happened to the Flip Flop House since we have last reported on it.

The house is totally coming together, and we are nearing the finish line (no pun intended :) .   We have gotten to the “finishes” phase – which is oh so awesome, because it is looking less like a construction site, and more like a home!  It truly is looking fantastic – we couldn’t be happier.

There are several layers to a finished exterior stucco (check out our detailed stucco description on one of the Encino Renovation posts).  Here is the brown coat on the south side of the house:

And the white finish on the north side:

The lower portion of the staircase glass railing has been installed.  It is so great to see that is turned out perfectly because during the design process, we seriously had to channel our inner geometry-student:

Those little metal guys that hold the glass are called “stand-offs”.

We had them custom designed for this staircase by Accurate Manufactured Products Group – they are really beautiful and clean pieces:

We are loving the way the natural light from the skylight filters down through the stairwell!

Here is one of the bathrooms with Caesarstone around the tub:

The master bathroom:

Someone had to try out this beautiful tub, so Dan took his shoes off and hopped in.  He said it was “sooooooo comfortable!”

The office looks out onto an interior garden patio that is open to the sky above.  This room also receives a lot of beautiful natural light!

The interior recessed lights are trimless, and gorgeous!  They did an incredible job installing them!

And per usual, we end the post with our favorite spot in the house….the main skylight above the stairwell:

We are loving the way the light is laying on these pristine white walls!!

Flip Flop House: We’re back!

After a blogging hiatus, we are back to report on the progress of our projects!  The time we spent away from posting was filled with change, although much of the changes to the Flip Flop House were not majorly visible.  Now, we are picking up speed and making major, obvious changes to the house!

The channels for the fixed glass handrails are installed:

The stainless steel waterproofing around the deck edges has also been installed:

When it rains, water will flow from the deck into these “water troughs”, and they will carry it to the points of the building where we have drainage to the exterior of the house:

Isn’t this a good looking (Fleetwood) front door??

Here is the wiring for just the audio and visual components of the house!!  (I just watched Tangled last night, and all of these wires are quite remeniscnet of Rapunzel’s hair.  I totally recommend the movie by the way!)

Here is the home base for the main electrical panel:

More excitingness to come….

Fire Sprinkler

Flip Flop House: Sprinkling the Fire

On site this week, we had to work with the fire sprinkler guy to lay out the, guess what?  Fire sprinklers.  : )  This was actually much harder than you think – trying to get them to align to the lighting while keeping to code was not child’s play!

Eventually, we decided on a layout that works for both us, and the fire marshall.  Peace all around.

Thought you might want to see the rough in for the floor outlets:

On Tuesday, they were still working on the glass template:

The waterproofing and flashing is done around the edges of the decks.  They have also installed the shoes that will hold the glass railing:

Corner sliding doors are really brilliant.  When the doors are slid all the way to the other sides, there will be an large, unobstructed view of the ocean!

They have begun installing the rough in for the shower controls.  Here is the master shower that will get beautiful Dorn Bracht shower controls:

The lovely toilet flushing system:

Until next post…

Flip Flop House: More Glass!

The Flip Flop House is getting its glass!

To make the glass guardrails for the staircase, they are first making templates out of plywood.  The pieces of glass will be large and heavy, so they will definitely want to abide by the “measure twice, cut once” rule!

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:

Some of the sliding doors have been installed!

Here is a Fleetwood entrance door:

This is the wine cellar room (yeah, I know – awesome!).  It has another Fleetwood entrance door:

Flip Flop House: Glass!

The glass for the Goldbrecht sliding doors has arrived on site!

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.