Removing the Forms

Our concrete feature walls have been curing since Thursday so we can now start removing the forms.

Visiting a Local Project Site

Bryan took the opportunity to review a local project site.  We are always looking for leading practices in design, construction and materials.  And finding mistakes to avoid (we’ll just make other mistakes).

This looks promising - Juno Lighting LED pot light. We need to investigate the feasibility of putting these lights in SIPs and hollow core concrete panels.

This looks promising – Juno Lighting LED pot light. We need to investigate the feasibility of putting these lights in SIPs and hollow core concrete panels. We want to have ‘instant-on’ hot water so we’re going to have fully-insulated and recirculating hot water pipes.  This family will have to wait for hot water and, while they’re waiting, gallons of fresh water will go down the drain.

Error to avoid - tying data cable (CAT5) to electric cable. This is a mistake as data cable should be separated from electric cables. Although data transfer may work, performance will be well below gigabit speeds. Fiber can be co-located with electric cables without compromising performance.

Error to avoid – tying data cable (CAT5) to electric cable. This is a mistake as data cable should be separated from electric cables. Although data transfer may work, performance will be well below gigabit speeds. Fiber can be co-located with electric cables without compromising performance.

It was good to see 12 ft lengths of 5/8 inch sheetrock. With our 9 ft 6 inch ceilings in the lower level, we will need to have longer sheet rock to reduce seams that have to be taped and sanded.

It was good to see 12 ft lengths of 5/8 inch sheetrock. With our 9 ft 6 inch ceilings in the lower level, we will need to have longer sheet rock to reduce seams that have to be taped and sanded.

Removing the Forms

Bill Brown’s team, led by Jorge, started to remove the forms from around the concrete feature walls.  It will be exciting to see the finished concrete feature walls start to emerge from the forms.

The forms were removed from the top of the feature walls first. Although dry, the skies didn't look very inviting today.

The forms were removed from the top of the feature walls first. Although dry, the skies didn’t look very inviting today.

Jorge (right) coordinating the removal of the forms behind the feature walls in the Atrium and Kitchen (around the garage).

Jorge (right) coordinating the removal of the forms behind the feature walls in the Atrium and Kitchen (around the garage).

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