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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!

Flip Flop House: Wood Framing Begins!

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.