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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….

 

Goldbrecht System - Alum Extrusions

Flip Flop House: A Little of This, a Little of That…

And this is why we are jumping up and down at DBA…..the delivery of our sliding doors from Goldbrecht-Systems all the way in Switzerland (yeah, take me there right now!)!

And our Fleetwood windows!!  Both the doors and windows have arrived on site, and in about 1 month, they will all be installed!  Here is a window in the master bedroom (go to this post and scroll to the bottom to see where this window is in the room):

This is the pathway to the front door from the gate.  You can see that there will be a little bridge over the reflecting pool:

Here’s another shot of the bridge and reflecting pool:

In our last post, I showed you how they prepared the ceiling for light installation.  They are now starting to put in the lights!  These boxes are so heavy that it takes two men to install them.

Also in the last post, we showed you where the glass handrails are going to go, and the shoes that will hold them.  Here is the piece that they will put a bolt into, and it will secure the shoe and the glass.

Speaking of glass handrails, these threaded rods on the side of the staircase will eventually be holding up large pieces of glass that act as handrails (check out this rendering to see what it will look like):

An early morning on the site isn’t complete with a strong cuppa coff…..I mean, traditional, Argentinean Yerba Maté tea.  Yeahh – and I thought Yerba Maté was only that tea that I got at Trader Joe’s when I wanted to feel like I was being healthy and digesting some “earthy tea” rather than that oh-so-bad-for-you-these-days-coffee!  Turns out that we just Americanized it into a tea bag.  Go figure!  Here’s the real stuff:

Encino Renovation: Finished Product Sneak Peek!

Back in the summer and fall, you may remember that we were working on a renovation in Encino.  Well, we will be posting all of the photos of the finished project soon, but we had to show you just one now!  I must say, it looks awesome!!  I suggest taking a look at what the entire home looked like before we go our design hands into it.

Here is what the living room looked like before:

And here it is now:

Hard to tell that its the same room, right?  We are excited to show you the other parts of the house!

Flip Flop House: Wood Framing Details

On a site visit on December 16 (2010) – we focused on some more detailed aspects of the design that were coming together.  First, we must climb the stairs….

Directly above the stairs is a massive (aka awesome!) skylight.  This site visit was right before the torrential downpours in Los Angeles this past December – so the framers covered up the skylight in advance.

Dan and Neil needed to go over some alignments regarding the shoe that the glass handrails will fit into:

The “shoe” is a piece of metal that will hold the glass handrails.  It will be recessed into the floor, and you will only see the top edges of the shoe.  This is just a sample of the shoe.  The ones we use will be the length of the deck.

In the master bedroom, there is a window that looks out into the hallway with the staircase and skylight.  Across this hall, there is another window that looks into the shower, then into the master bathroom.  Since the entire top floor is the master “suite” – there won’t be any need to cover these windows.  When showering, they’ll get to look through these windows and have a great view of the ocean!  Ahhh talk about relaxing!

This might help you see it better.  The light blue areas show where the windows are.  The first blue box that shows up is the window in front of the master shower.  The next one is the window in the master bedroom.  Behind the camera are big sliding glass doors that open towards the beach.

The master bathroom has a freestanding wall that we will attach custom sinks and cabinetry to.  They have begun putting some plumbing in:

In the master walk-in closet, we have two recessed pockets for the lighting.  This will look really clean once the drywall is put in and you see flush, glowing strips of light in the ceilings.

This is a small deck area outside of the office on the second floor.  The flooring underneath the finished floor is called the “sub floor”.  On decks, where it is exposed to the weather (rain), the sub floor is sloped so that water will fall into the area drain (the little hole in the middle of the sloped area).

Here is some more plumbing for a bathroom:

And lastly, here is the North side of the master bedroom (for those of us who are directionally challenged, the ocean is on the left :).  Here, we will have a window, a fireplace and an AC/Heating Unit.

This is sort of what it will look like (there will also be some shelving underneath the AC Unit that I didn’t draw):

In the next post, we’ll show you some of the incredible views from the Flip Flop House!