Tag Archives: waterproofing

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!

Flip Flop House: We’re back!

After a blogging hiatus, we are back to report on the progress of our projects!  The time we spent away from posting was filled with change, although much of the changes to the Flip Flop House were not majorly visible.  Now, we are picking up speed and making major, obvious changes to the house!

The channels for the fixed glass handrails are installed:

The stainless steel waterproofing around the deck edges has also been installed:

When it rains, water will flow from the deck into these “water troughs”, and they will carry it to the points of the building where we have drainage to the exterior of the house:

Isn’t this a good looking (Fleetwood) front door??

Here is the wiring for just the audio and visual components of the house!!  (I just watched Tangled last night, and all of these wires are quite remeniscnet of Rapunzel’s hair.  I totally recommend the movie by the way!)

Here is the home base for the main electrical panel:

More excitingness to come….

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: Houses – They Grow Up So Fast!

Our little Flip Flop House – you sure are growing up so quickly!!  Right before our very eyes!  Gettin all window and door-ed up!

Here’s a lovely piece of sliding door corner:

Some more parts of the Goldbrecht Sliding Doors:

It takes a couple hours to get the sliding doors completely aligned….

Before installing the windows, they covered the opening with waterproofing.  Also, you can see that at the sill (the bottom portion of the window), the framing is cut into a sloped angel so that the water will flow away from the house.

Our first installed windows!

Oh how time is flying by!  It seems like just yesterday you were little more than dirt and some rocks….

 

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!