Today was a big day for us. A very big day.
The team from Larson Steel (Hector, ‘Little Hector’ and ‘Little Pete’) was fabulous. They worked well with Ben, our crane operator from West Coast Crane.
Background on the Stairs and Bridges
With our atrium going through to the lower level, our bridges and stairs will be a big part of our house. The railings will be critical as visitors will touch and feel them.
There are very few interior bridges in residential houses, so our two interior bridges will differentiate our house from many others. Oh, we have an exterior bridge, too.
Preparing the Site
Bryan arrived at the job site at 7:25 am this morning. It was a bit foggy. Our crane was waiting patiently on Winchester Boulevard. Ben, the operator, wasn’t going to move the crane into position until 8:00 am because of the loud ‘beeping’ noise it makes when backing up.
Bryan, with help from the Larson Steel team, removed the temporary safety railings.
Installing the Stairs
We knew it was going to be a tight fit to put the stairs in place. We had 1/4 inch of clearance with the feature concrete wall. We rigged the stairs four different ways before finding the correct combination to bring it in. Essentially, we ended up bringing the stairs in low, then raised it up and pushed it back.
Placing the Bridges
The two bridges were put in place in minutes. Literally.
They fit perfectly and there were no issues.
Done. The crane completed its work by 9:41 and left the job site at10:00 am.
Installing the Steel Column
We installed the HSS 4×4 x 3/8″ steel column as well today. It went in relatively fast and needed to be welded to the W6x16 steel I-beam.
Our Flag is Flying Again!
Checking in with Steve Kreck at Paramount Modular Cable Railing Systems
Bryan has been working with Steve Kreck at Paramount Modular Cable Railing Systems on the design of our railing system around the atrium and on the stairs. Steve is great to work with and has a keen eye for detail.
Having installed the stairs, Steve wanted to know if we had sufficient clearance for the 1×2 inch stainless steel posts on the stairs. Bryan measured the gap and it will be close. We’ll have to ensure the concrete doesn’t extend over the steel I-beam by the stairs or there certainly won’t be sufficient room for the posts.
Brittany and Jim O’Brien Inspect the Bridges
Jim and Brittany came by to see our progress. We had dinner with the O’Briens on Saturday evening so it was great to host their visit.
Jo-Anne and Kate Test the Stairs
Jo-Anne and Kate inspected the site and tested the stairs. They approved!