The underfloor plumbing and electrical rough ins were completed and the city cleared the installation of the tongue and groove subfloor. There are a few interesting things to note about laying a subfloor. Lets focus on understanding what goes into placing different finishes on top of the subfloor and how that could affect the process and design. We are always looking to have a seamless and smooth transition between material changes. A typical example to discuss occurs at the threshold between hardwood flooring and tile. Since the assembly thickness of tile is greater than that of hardwood flooring, the subfloor needs to be recessed to keep the two materials in plane. The installation of tile requires a bed of mortar, then thinset and followed by the actual tile itself. Hardwood flooring is simply installed over a moisture barrier over the subfloor. There are various ways to achieve the required depression in the subfloor. In this particular case we have used two methods - 1. Coordinate with the structural engineer to reduce the joist depth at the required locations and 2. Specify thinner plywood at the required tile locations. Although this might seem trivial, it is very important so that the finishes are flush and the details are clean. Check back in soon as the walls of the Highcliff Project begin to go up.
It was a beautiful, clear day for our first of two concrete pours at the Highcliff Residence. The first pour took care of all of the footings and stem walls along with interior pads. The second pour will consist of the garage slab and curb along with the exterior pads for the wood deck. Although pouring concrete might seem simple there is a lot of prep-work and coordination with multiple trades that have to be thought through. You have to think steps ahead and make sure you set up the subcontractors to succeed. Electrical and plumbing contractors need to provide sleeves through the stem walls to be able to connect their future work properly. The framer needs to review the location and types of anchor bolts and hold downs and coordinate them with the structural and architectural plans. They also have to consider the direction of column bases which depend on the width and direction of the columns and eventually beams above. The house needs to be properly grounded and connecting a ground rod to the rebar in the foundation is a requirement. This work, along with much more, has been completed and the next step will be to strip the form work and begin framing. Check back soon to see the project go vertical!