Archive for February, 2009

New Static Page with Architectural Drawings

Saturday, February 28th, 2009

Several people have been asking about the floor plans for our remodel so we invested the time to create a new static page that includes most of the architectural drawings.

Here is the updated ‘map’ of the static pages:

>>> Project Overview
         >>>  House Plans
                   >>> Main Floor Remodel
                   >>> New Lower Level
         >>>  Drawing Sheet Index
         >>>  Integrating Design Elements with Resource Efficiency
         >>>  Project Timeline

Other feedback that we received included comments regarding how difficult it was to navigate through the static pages.  We’ve included new navigation on the Project Overview page and sub-pages.  Look ok now?

We understand and appreciate that some of the jpg images of the floor layouts on certain of the static pages need to be of a higher quality (and that will be for the next rainy day).

Take a look at the Drawing Sheet Index and click through to see PDFs of individual archhitectural drawings.  What do you think?

This detail should help you to understand our project much better.

Locking on the Structural Steel

Friday, February 27th, 2009

With the delay on the inspection by the City of Monte Sereno, we worked with Larson Steel and made some changes to the design, and agreed to move forward on this project with Larson Steel.

Larson Steel, Inc. in Gilroy

Larson Steel, Inc. in Gilroy

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Inspecting the Reinforcing Steel and Establishing Window Requirements

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

Our plan is to pour the foundation slab on Monday, March 2.  This requires having the City of Monte Sereno inspect and approve the progress to date.  Bryan called the City of Monte Sereno to request an inspection for Friday, February 27 and learned that no inspections will be done on that date.  OK, we just slipped by a day and the inspection will be between 10:00 am and noon on Monday, March 2.

Jessica from Duquette Engineering arrived to review the structural steel.  Since she had not been to the project site before, Thien had her look at this construction blog to prepare for her site visit (that rocks!). 

Jessica inspects the reinforcing steel (dimensions, spacing and overlaps).

Jessica inspects the reinforcing steel (dimensions, spacing and overlaps).

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Managing Inspections to Proceed Expeditiously

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

The morning started with our regular weekly meeting with Eric Venzon of TEAMWRKX.  Bryan meets with Eric every Wednesday to review progress and obtain Eric’s advice and counsel on how to proceed with the project.

Eric taking a call while observing progress from the temporary site office.

Eric taking a call while observing progress from the temporary site office.

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Status Meeting with Bill Brown

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

Since the structural slab is about to be poured, we met with Bill Brown to confirm certain decisions and to ensure that everyone understands the timing and where we are.

Bill Brown arrives and reviews progress and status.

Bill Brown arrives and reviews progress and status.

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Back to the Job Site

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

After a fabulous week in Argentina, it is back to the job site.

Athough work has progressed, there was plenty of rain in the past week.  The key activities under way are to complete all the components so the 14 inch structural slab can be poured.  The structural slab will be on top of the 3 inch protection slab that was poured on February 2.

In order to pour the structural slab, the plumbing rough-in must be completed as well as the electrical conduit that is in the concrete.  The sewage waste must flow by gravity to the sewage ejector, so this is a significant milestone.  Having electrical conduit in the concrete simplifies the wiring and reduces the need for chases through the ceiling and walls in the lower level.

Importantly, any steel columns supporting steel beams must be set in the concrete, so these components must be placed accurately (or the steel columns won’t line up with the steel beams).

Prior to pouring the structural slab, the reinforcing steel (rebar), steel plates, plumbing rough-in and electrical conduit must be inspected by the City of Monte Sereno.

OK, we’re getting on top of this project …

In terms of decisions, we’re now reaching the point where finishes are being established.  For the concrete floors, we need to decide on how we want our concrete floors finished.  This is important as it is hard to change later (go figure).  Looking ahead, windows and doors need to be ordered and finalized, too.

We came across some very interesting and durable polished concrete.  This could be worth further investigation (and knowing how much it will cost).  You can see three different colors in this photo.

Stained and polished concrete.

Stained and polished concrete.

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