Thursday, October 12, 2006

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Thursday, June 22, 2006

Week 35

It's been a while since we last posted progress on the iT house. We have moved into the "finishes" phase which will slow down progress considerably. Normally the iT house has all factory finishes, but this house has custome terrazzo tile flooring, a custom resin shower, drywall, as well as a number of other custom time-consuming items.

The owner has been in Europe for the last couple of weeks and we are waiting for the custom resin shower enclosure to be fabricated and installed by Modern Arc. But a few things have happend in the meantime including the paving of the pool area with the help of the neighbor, Rick, installation of the island by Euro Kitchens and the rest of "spine" section carcasses of kitchen cabs by Systems 32. A major milestone was passed when we passed inspection on all the electrical rough-in and plumbing rough-in.

The "spine" cabs still need to have doors and shelves installed. We are holding off until all construction work is completed to insure that there is no damage inflicted upon the doors by accident.

The kitchen island will have a waterfall caesarstone top and a kickplate installed once the finish tile floor is done.

The island rough-in plumbing and electrical is ready to go.

Brand new concrete deck in front of the iT house.

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Week 30

This photo shows a view from the kitchen. The cabinet will be extended and an island will occupy the center of the kitchen floor. Off to the right is the living room up against the retaining wall and across the courtyard to the right is the bathroom. Across the courtyard to the left is the master bedroom.

The stucco-based waterproofing called Grailcoat at the fireplace cab has been started. The photo shows the first of three coatings. For future iT houses we are also looking at translucent plastic sheathing as a way to cover the outdoor section of the cabinet. The Grailcoat looks great because it is so minimal in appearance, but it is more difficult to coordinate because it is a unique sub contractor. By using a plastic sheathing we could easily prefabricat the cladding by the cabinet contractor and have it installed by our framing crew.Dandoy has completed the installation of all the glass units, flashing, and glazing angles. They have a couple more days of work to finish the silicone sealant. Now that we are nearly enclosed (more sealant is needed at the structural frame to be totally watertight) the next item will be sheetrock - then the rest of the cabs - then plumbing and electrical finish - then the tile flooring.
A leak was discovered in the rear retaining wall. The owner uncovered some of the hillside at the wall to discover that the concrete contractor had actually removed some of the waterproofing just before they backfilled. This is highly unusual considering that we had observed and photodocumented as the waterproofing fully installed. It was covered in such a way that apprears that they concealed their sub-standard work. The owner has already severed ties with the concrete contractor, having been extremely upset by their slow schedule, so now he has hired a new waterproofing sub who is doing the remedial waterproofing work on the retaining wall. The black Bithuthane area in the photo will be covered by stucco.

The reflection of the glass is looking great!

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Week 28

Above is a view from the master bedroom looking at the newley installed Fleetwood sliding glass doors.
Standing outside looking toward the bedroom across the fireplace courtyard.
View from the kitchen towards the fireplace courtyard with sliding glass doors in place. The fireplace cabinet which can be seen towards the middle right of the photo will be extended through to the kitchen - ending approximately where I'm standing taking the picture. They will contain a refrigerator, wall ovens, and storage on the kitchen side and an ironing board, coat closet, and bookshelves on the hallway side. A kitchen island will occupy roughly the same area as Dandoy's temporary work table viewed in the foreground. The rest of the cabinets will be installed only once we know the building is watertight at the glass, roof, and structural joints.

Week 27 Thursday

Dandoy Glass continues with the installation. The immediate goal is to enclose the area around our fireplace cabinet so that if it rains, the sensitive interior finish won't be ruined. First are the awining windows above the cabinet and the fixed glass units in the hallway.Then the sliding glass door frames are put in place. During the first part of Week 28 the sliding glass doors will be installed in the sliding glass door frames.

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Week 27 Wednesday

Glass! Dandoy Glass delivered the majority of the glass today and began installing the fixed glass pieces.These are the fixed glass pieces for the clerestory areas above the 8' beams. The narrow pieces go between the lower roof and the higher roof.The standard fixed glass units -- called IGUs (Insulated Glass Units).To pick up the glass, the guys and Dandoy glass use suction cups.They carry them to the respective locations and use the suction cups to lift the glass once its roughly placed.Once the glass has been placed and leveled, they drop in little sections of the glass stops to hold it in place until they're ready to come back with the full-length pieces.
View from the gate to the back yard....
Clerestory glass being installed....
Here's what the iT house is looking like from the street. Dandoy comes back on Monday to install the sliding glass doors and awning windows around the courtyards and up against the fireplace cabinet.

Week 27 Tuesday

Systems 32 came to install a section of their cabinets today. This cabinet spans across the courtyard and will contain the washer/dryer as well as the radiant floor controls and the boiler with hot water storage. In the center of the outdoor side will be a fireplace. The cabinet comes in three parts and is joined together in the field.Some of the base parts of the cabs had to be cut out to acommodate the electrical and plumbing that was cast into the slab.
The large opening in the middle is the pocket for the pre-fab ventless fireplace.
The hole at the left is for electrical panel.

The interior side of the cabinets are high-gloss plastic white laminate
The exterior of the cabs will be covered in Grail Coat which is an elastomeric stucco application.The fireplace is set in the cabinet.Insulation is placed in the cavity of the front wall of the cabinets. Tomorrow a large section of the glass is to be installed.

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Week 26 Glazing

The rain finally let up and let us get starting on the glazing. We were also supposed to install the cabinet that holds the outdoor fireplace - and that is partially inside and partially outside, but the Owner had unknowingly scheduled digging work (to change his pool) that made it impossible for the cabinet maker to move the finished pieces across the yard. They have been rescheduled for next Tuesday. Otherwise this week we finished placing all the Fleetwood shash pieces for the fixed glass. And installed a few of the packaged units such as the Awning windows and Sliding Glass Door frames. The three weeks of on-again, off-again rain not only stopped us, but it also has messed up most of our subcontractors' schedules as well. A lot of this week has been spent on the phone trying to work out scheduling and coordination for bringing them all back into the project to get moving next week.

Monday, April 03, 2006

Week 25 Rain!

Rain is forecast through Wednesday. Cabinets and Glazing are waiting for some dry days to get started.