Archive for March, 2008

Form Boards Off

Here are some pictures with the form boards off. I can finally enjoy the view from my porch.

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You can see the salt finish we applied to all of the porches. Basically they press rock salt into the drying surface. After it cures you wash off the salt leaving small voids in the surface. We thought this would add a nice texture to the porches.

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This shot puts the porch height in perspective. The corner is eleven feet above grade, much scarier from the top looking down. A railing will definitely be needed to keep baby Eva from jumping off.

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Mom and Dad approve. Look at all of that concrete! There were 280 yards in the house and garage foundation.

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The dog porch and steps. You can see the back porch beyond, it is twelve feet in both directions.

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Here is the master wing. With the shower on the left and the laundry room on the right. Both have a three inch drop in the floor.

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The outdoor shower off the powder room is quite large, 3′ X 8′. The floor has a one inch slope to the center drain. I decided not to put a lip on the outside edge, entry will be easier, the tile detail will be more clean and I prefer the sleek look.

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The master bedroom and porch beyond. This will be my view from bed. We had to rotate the whole house to ensure this view would be perfect. Success!

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Here is the bump out for the carved marble bath. Two vanities flank the tub with the shower on the end.

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This tree will frame the entry and contrast the industrial look of the steel on the tower.

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The dog porch again. The rest of the steps will be poured in a week.

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These lucky oaks get to frame the front of the house. I am so happy we had some mature trees surrounding the house.

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The approach to the house will have a turn around for cars with the oak grove beyond.

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Foundation Pour

We poured the foundation this morning, check out what we did in twelve hours below.

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Termimesh

The Termimesh has been installed. Basically it is a stainless steel mesh that wraps all of the plumbing penetrations and prevents termites from tunneling up through the center of the slab.

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Foundation

Here are some of the steps in building the foundation. The key to a good foundation pour are solid form boards that will hold the weight of the concrete.

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This is the highest corner. This corner of the patio is eleven feet above grade. I can’t wait to enjoy the view from the back patio.

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Here you can see some of the fill being delivered.

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We poured the exterior beam on the high side to prevent collapse as the fill reached the full height.

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The plumbing has begun.

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Steel has begun. We used all rebar in the house due to the complex design and many corners.

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Here they are framing the front steps.

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