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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: 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.

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!


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.