Beams and Columns: Part II

Beams and Columns: Part II

Here’s a look at the basement and ground floor steel frame mostly completed. With the summer heat upon us, it’s hot work down here as the guys finish bolting and welding connections to allow the next level of the steel frame to be constructed. Corrugated steel floor decking will be in place soon, so that framing, HVAC, electrical, and plumbing components can begin in parallel. And that‘s when things really heat up.

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Beams and Columns: Part I

Beams and Columns: Part I

With the arrival of the steel beams and girders, this is the first day of the installation. If all of the pieces fit together without a hitch, we’ll have two floors and a roof-frame erected in the next two months. There are parts of construction that are detailed and slow to show progress, but steel erection happens rapidly and the transformation of the job site is quite dramatic. This building, is quite literally, on it’s way up.

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Ready for steel.

Ready for steel.

In a month or two this site will be transformed from a concrete form to a rising steel structure. Connector plates and bolt-downs are in place and detailed checks are being made to ensure when the steel columns and beams get erected, they fit nicely together. And with all of the plywood forms removed, we can now transfer the elevation control lines to the concrete walls using our transit device and a good eye.

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Look up.

Look up.

This home is growing up dominated by the surrounding trees, the wooded hills and skyline. It’s until you’re inside, the view of the outdoor landscape naturally forces the eye to see upwards, capturing as much of the ceiling detail, as the floor of the interior. This is also where there’s a lot of attention being paid to the planked ceiling that connects the indoor and outdoor spaces. Meanwhile, the stone masons have put the finishing touches to the grand fireplace and expansive granite walls. And with much of the corten steel panels installed, we’re diligently fabricating and installing the stainless steel flashing that will cap the entire rooftop parapets.

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What’s inside is out.

What’s inside is out.

During this stage of construction there’s a remarkable buzz of activity and orchestration between the many tradesmen here on the jobsite. There’s all of the infrastructure installations like wiring, ductwork, and plumbing detail that is still being addressed, while most visibly our masons apply stone veneer to the inside and exterior surfaces. This is where granite meets barn wood and the soon to be installed corten steel facia panels, creating a rustic modern aesthetic. We can begin to see aspects of a finished home take shape, yet there’s a garage just being framed, a complex layout of terraced landscaping, and a pool — all of which are in the early stages of construction.

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