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Flip Flop House: Framed Walls & Grade Beams

We were thrilled to come on site today and see that we have quite a bit more framing than when we were here last week!  We are now really seeing the house’s size and shape – and its awesome!

This will be the view from the shower (more or less):

Here, we are standing in the master bathroom, looking into the master walk-in closet:

The concrete trucks were there….

One of the items that they were pouring were the grade beams.  A grade beam is a poured concrete member that supports loads.  They span across non-load bearing areas, sit directly on the soil, and distribute loads to the ground.

Next week, we should see even more framing and concrete!  We are stoked – so we know you are too :)

One thing you need to know about Venice – parking is a notorious issue.  Venice beach inhabitants are verrrrry….shall we say, concerned about their parking rights.  If you step outta line – your you-know-what is theirs:

Wishing you a “no-parking-ticket” Wednesday!

Flip Flop House: Second Floor Joists

We are finishing up the structure of the second floor this week.  Here are some photos for your viewing pleasure:

The view from the master bedroom:

View from the second floor:

If you are still looking for a Holiday gift for that special someone, might we suggest this lovely, genuine construction-site music box:

Next week – the roof!

Flip Flop House: Wood Framing & Such

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!”)

**DISCLAIMER:  This column is NOT part of ANY DBA project!**

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!

Flip Flop House: Wood Framing & Concrete

On the site, they are putting up wood framing, and pouring more concrete.  And yes, that is quite exciting for us :)

The wood framing portion of the building process takes longer than the steel – but it will look more and more like a home as the floors, walls and ceilings get filled in!

The concrete guys are back to work pour some more walls for us.  Here is a concrete curb at the side entrance of the property:

The 6′-0″ site wall that separates the Flip Flop House from the Code Red House:

Every time concrete is poured, samples are taken by dipping these canisters into the concrete.  They are then sent to a lab to show the strength of the concrete mix in order to keep track of the quality of the concrete we use.  #stuffyoudidn’tknow

The wood framing is moving along:

The wood joists support the flooring, while the blocking minimizes flexing in the joists.

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:  Wood Framing Begins!

Here’s a closeup of the joists and blocking:

These metal “buckets” support the “PSLs” that are used throughout the floor, according to the structural plans.  “PSLs consists of long veneer strands laid in parallel formation and bonded together with an adhesive to form the finished structural section. This product is used for beam and header applications where high bending strength is needed.” (via the APA-The Engineered Wood Association)

To end this post, here are some (awesome) views from the 1st floor living room:

Happy November!