Bryan returned to Bonny Doon and picked up the beams that he wasn’t able to deliver yesterday. We need to have the beams milled and on site at Via Sereno for grading on Friday, February 19. Then, the beams can be installed and we will be able to put the SIP roof on.
We’re looking forward to being weather tight after the winter rains have passed.
Site Visits by Jerry Ditto and Howard Bell
After returning to the job site, Jerry Ditto dropped by to review our progress and to discuss how to finish the exposed exterior beams that continue inside the house.
While Jerry was on site, Howard Bell (Building Official from the City of Monte Sereno), came to review our framing. We requested that Howard review the framing so we can anticipate any issues as we are framing the house. Howard looked at the framing on the ground floor and lower level, and identified the following issues to address:
- The code requires ‘fire blocking’ every 10 linear feet behind framed walls, to prevent fires from spreading behind walls between rooms.
- The same fire blocking is required in soffits, to prevent fires from using soffits to spread between rooms.
- All electrical and plumbing penetrations need to be caulked with fireproof caulking to prevent fires from spreading.
As he was leaving the site, Howard noted that the drag straps that will connect our beams and the tops of the shear walls will be covered by our roof SIPs. This may be an appropriate time for Shane Lothrop (Innovative Structural Engineering), our Engineer of Record, to visit our site and review our progress.