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.
Overall, Bill was pleased with the progress to date we discussed what the alternatives were to the finished concrete, and the timing of that decision. Bill recommended that we do a single pour of the 14 inch structural slab, then put the radiant heating tubes in place, and then pour a 3 inch cap slab (finished concrete). There will be certain areas in the floor that will not have a cap slab as we want hardwood floors. The entire lower level will use radiant heating.
Key items that we addressed in our meeting included:
- Placing plates for the steel columns that will support the steel beams.
- Finished levels for the stair well on the east side, including the height of the curbs going into the lower level.
- Inspections required prior to pouring the structural slab.
Bill asked why we were using wooden posts under steel beams. He explained the benefits of using steel columns to support the steel beams, including eliminating the risk of termite damage and reducing the risk of settlement over time. Bryan will follow up on this.