The great room takes shape.
The great room takes shape.
Looking from the kitchen up to the staircase landing on the second story. The pine tree will be trimmed so that the walls fit snugly next to the branches.
Looking from the kitchen up to the staircase landing on the second story. The pine tree will be trimmed so that the walls fit snugly next to the branches.
The second story above the great room will house two guest bedrooms.
The second story above the great room will house two guest bedrooms.
A large steel beam is now in place over the opening in the great room. This span is where the large lift and slide door system will be installed.
A large steel beam is now in place over the opening in the great room. This span is where the large lift and slide door system will be installed.
Looking towards the master bedroom and bathroom from the recreation room which is attached to the garage. The short wall sitting on the concrete base is the partition between the bedroom and bathroom courtyards.
Looking towards the master bedroom and bathroom from the recreation room which is attached to the garage. The short wall sitting on the concrete base is the partition between the bedroom and bathroom courtyards.
View looking west from the great room across the courtyard towards the master bedroom and garage. The finished slab is protected from damage during framing with thermal blankets and sheets of plywood.
View looking west from the great room across the courtyard towards the master bedroom and garage. The finished slab is protected from damage during framing with thermal blankets and sheets of plywood.
Home Renovation Tip: Know Who You’re Hiring
Home Renovation Tip: Know Who You’re Hiring
The first batch of wood was delivered by Crenshaw Lumber and so now we are ready to start framing.
The first batch of wood was delivered by Crenshaw Lumber and so now we are ready to start framing.
The garage acts as a staging area as more lumber arrives.
The garage acts as a staging area as more lumber arrives.
Application of a retarder finish.
Application of a retarder finish.
The slabs are covered with thermal blankets which help with curing. The objective is to retain moisture under the blankets as the concrete cures.
The slabs are covered with thermal blankets which help with curing. The objective is to retain moisture under the blankets as the concrete cures.
Water jet removal of retarder.
Water jet removal of retarder.
Using a hand trowel to tidy the edge where a door tread will rest flush with the concrete floor.
Using a hand trowel to tidy the edge where a door tread will rest flush with the concrete floor.
The instrument with the long blue handle is called a bull float - it helps to smooth the surface. The blue plastic tent above the work area is used to keep pine tree needles from falling on the wet concrete.
The instrument with the long blue handle is called a bull float - it helps to smooth the surface. The blue plastic tent above the work area is used to keep pine tree needles from falling on the wet concrete.
In the foreground is a vibrator which helps to remove air bubbles and settle the concrete.
In the foreground is a vibrator which helps to remove air bubbles and settle the concrete.
Using a straightedge to level the surface.
Using a straightedge to level the surface.
The pour moves on to the living room where the red PEX radiant heat tubing is evident.
The pour moves on to the living room where the red PEX radiant heat tubing is evident.
Your contractor should be on the construction site daily to check on work progress and monitor the job.
Your contractor should be on the construction site daily to check on work progress and monitor the job.
Pouring the garage floor. There is no radiant heating in the garage and so none of the red PEX tubing here.
Pouring the garage floor. There is no radiant heating in the garage and so none of the red PEX tubing here.
Shallow trenches were dug in the locations where concrete footings will be eventually be poured. The objective is to identify the exact locations of tree roots so we can plan the fabrication and installation of sleeves that will allow the roots to pass through the footings.
Shallow trenches were dug in the locations where concrete footings will be eventually be poured. The objective is to identify the exact locations of tree roots so we can plan the fabrication and installation of sleeves that will allow the roots to pass through the footings.
Examples of smaller tree roots that will be retained. The roots will pass through concrete footings inside specially made sleeves.
Examples of smaller tree roots that will be retained. The roots will pass through concrete footings inside specially made sleeves.
Sebastian Mariscal documents tree roots. Each root presents a specific design challenge.
Sebastian Mariscal documents tree roots. Each root presents a specific design challenge.
Sebastian Mariscal discusses tree roots with arborist Lisa Smith. Which roots can we cut without endangering the tree? The roots range in diameter from a sixteenth of an inch through to fourteen inches in size.
Sebastian Mariscal discusses tree roots with arborist Lisa Smith. Which roots can we cut without endangering the tree? The roots range in diameter from a sixteenth of an inch through to fourteen inches in size.