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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!

Goldbrecht System - Alum Extrusions

Flip Flop House: A Little of This, a Little of That…

And this is why we are jumping up and down at DBA…..the delivery of our sliding doors from Goldbrecht-Systems all the way in Switzerland (yeah, take me there right now!)!

And our Fleetwood windows!!  Both the doors and windows have arrived on site, and in about 1 month, they will all be installed!  Here is a window in the master bedroom (go to this post and scroll to the bottom to see where this window is in the room):

This is the pathway to the front door from the gate.  You can see that there will be a little bridge over the reflecting pool:

Here’s another shot of the bridge and reflecting pool:

In our last post, I showed you how they prepared the ceiling for light installation.  They are now starting to put in the lights!  These boxes are so heavy that it takes two men to install them.

Also in the last post, we showed you where the glass handrails are going to go, and the shoes that will hold them.  Here is the piece that they will put a bolt into, and it will secure the shoe and the glass.

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:

Flip Flop House: Lighting Alignments, Shoes, & Other

It was a raining on site today, so there wasn’t a whole lot going on – but we did get to check out some new additions to the house.

They have begun putting in the boxes for the bathroom fans:

The lighting guys have also laid out string to mark off where our lights will go, according to our lighting plans.  Where the string intersects, there will be a light:

Alignments are crucial in this house!  Most everything is lined up to something else – so they have to be really intentional when measuring.  Today, we had to confirm that they had it all in the right place – and, so far, so good!  I drew in some lights to help you get an idea of what we mean:

Its our old friend, the Nelson Stud (in the link, scroll down until you see Nelson)!  The Nelson Studs are threaded rods that are welded to the steel and connect the wood to the steel.  We describe these more in the post Flip Flop House:  Field Trip to the Steel Fabricators.

Here, they will connect wood framing to the stair.  Then, they will add drywall and lighting, to provide light below.

Here is a waterproofing product that we are using on the exterior edges, window sills, door pans, hang-overs:

Here it is on an edge (along with a shoe for the glass railing):

Back in December, we showed you a sample of the shoe for the glass railing.  They have all of the shoes laid out now, and will need to cut them to the correct lengths.  Then, they’ll adhere the waterproofing, add sill pans, do some wood framing to even it all out to get them to the correct heights, and then they’ll use bolts to secure them.  Toward the end of the project, they will add in the glass railing.

It seems we like to end most posts with a look at a skylight or the beach – so here we are looking up at the skylight from the ground floor:

Since it is raining, the skylight gets covered with plastic :(  It is still quite dramatic!