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Collection by Michael Sylvester

Dwell Home Venice: Part 10

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In this series, Sebastian Mariscal designs a home in Venice, California, that brings the outside in. We track the project from start to finish with future resident Michael Sylvester. Part 10, December 2011: Pouring Concrete Slabs

After all of the preparation it is time to pour the concrete slabs on the ground floor.

Pouring the garage floor.
The concrete crew works as a team.
The pour moves on to the living room where the red PEX radiant heat tubing is evident.
Using a straightedge to level the surface.
In the foreground is a vibrator which helps to remove air bubbles and settle the concrete.
The instrument with the long blue handle is called a bull float - it helps to smooth the surface.
Using a hand trowel to tidy the edge where a door tread will rest flush with the concrete floor.
Application of a retarder finish.
Water jet removal of retarder.
The slabs are covered with thermal blankets which help with curing.
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