It was a busy day on site Tuesday! John and Dan had to work out some things on the plans….
There were lots of wood framers and steel workers who were focused on their tasks….
And we all get to enjoy the beautiful weather and view that comes with building a house on the beach in SoCal!
While walking through the neighborhood behind the site, we found something (on an apartment that we had nopart in designing or building), however, that was not so beautiful….
An almost completely corroded column base! (It would be appropriate to clap your hands to your face and breath, “oh no!”)
This is what you can expect to happen in about 1-2 years when there is exposed steel near the ocean. The salt in the air causes the corrosion.
This column will have to be replaced, which an intense process.
For both of our beach houses, we have taken extra steps to make sure that all of our steel is covered, either by stucco or break metal. Break metal refers to sheets of stainless steel, which won’t get much, if any, rust. If/when it does rust, it can be brushed off.
Take that salty air!
The wood framers have moved in. We are doing things a bit asynchronous in order to keep up our tight schedule. Staying on track, the framers will construct the deck of the 1st floor to start. This will allow other crews / trades to work below safely. You can see that the framers have built themselves a floating cat walk to ease their work.
The first step is to attach the beams at the rim of the structure. At each steel beam, there are steel studs (Nelson Studs, nothing to do with Nelson’s Column). The lumber is mounted to these studs, and field measuring is done at each unique location. It takes roughly 30 minutes to complete each beam.
Below, the wood beam is attached to the steel structure. You can see that now the Nelson studs have bolts and washers at their ends. The wood has also been prepared in such a way so that the bolts are countersunk into the wood. Check out Countersinking for more information. As a whole, we prefer this method of mounting, however, there is added labor.
Above each steel beam, there is also a piece of lumber. This is called a plate. The plate is used as a means to interface the other miscellaneous framing and decking.
Well – the majority of the steel framing is up! Its amazing to finally see the skeleton of the Flip Flop House!
We have both stair cases in place now:
Until the welding of the steel connections is complete, cables and “struts” hold it into place.
The struts hold it up with compression, and the cables use tension:
It will take about 2-3 weeks to finish the welding completely.
Next step – wood decking!