Happy Tuesday! As promised (though longer than expected due to WP video upload issues) here is a video of the beams on our Fort Collins project being installed by Curley Metal Fabrication. Check out our previous post for a link to Ben Curley’s FB page where you can see more of his work from other projects!
We work hard to find good people to work with. People who can understand our process, who are interested in what we do, like what we do, and who want to be a part of what we do. We also want to work with people who like what they do and take pride in their work.
For our Fort Collins project there are exposed beams throughout the home, a custom multi-floor stair rail and custom patio railings going in. We met Ben Curley, owner of Curley Metal Fabrication, about a year before work began. While he does do structural work, he also has several other types of fabricated metal work projects. Projects like gates, metal screens, planter boxes and artistic work. You can see some of the projects he has done at his Facebook page: https://m.facebook.com/CurleyMetalFabrication/
We have enjoyed working with Ben and continue to look forward to working with him throughout this project and in other projects. Everyone we have met on his team have been easy to work with, understanding, competent and responsible. They care about their work, making sure everything is done right and well before leaving and it shows.
Video of the fabrication to come!
Here’s a quick video of the floor sheathing.
Last week we mixed in a few crazy windy days with putting up trusses. Check out the quick video below.
As soon as the trusses were in place, we began to install the floor sheathing. This project is using the Warm Board system.
Aside from the very cool minty green color- because all floor sheathing should have cool colors, obviously- there are some other useful features.
These boards are 1.125″ thick, which makes for a very heavy to lift panel but stiff floor. That super cool mint color is a 22 gauge aluminum, which allows for heat conduction. Tile, hardwood, carpet-any floor covering, is compatible with it.
Another well thought out feature is the underside markings which help during MEP installation. The markings ensure the subs installing mechanical, electric and plumbing systems know exactly where not to drill.
Check back for more updates on the Warm Board experience!
Lets hear it for Bryan, who occasionally gets the Bobcat into some precarious places, and then back out again. He’s like a lion tamer-only it is a Bobcat (not the animal obviously) and he’s just a quiet construction guy weilding a tool bag instead of a whip. 3 cheers for Bryan!
As we showed you last week, sometimes we do what we have to do to get the work done. It isn’t always easy, especially when you are running a large piece of equipment and you have to be mindful of all the places you can’t go.
Sometimes on our job sites, we find ourselves coming up with clever solutions to tricky problems. For example, there are several large structural posts and heavy beams being placed throughout our Fort Collins project home, and we found ourselves getting crafty for an afternoon to get them in place. Getting the top beams into place for welding required the use of our truck and a custom made bobcat attachment (see bright yellow unicorn horn on the bobcat below). The attachment was made by one of our own, and has been used for several other jobs-it’s magical, just like a unicorn horn. As Theodore Roosevelt once said, “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”
And since it’s Aloha Friday, lets have one last look at the mythical Bobcaticorn…
It’s so magical.
This week we put down the bottom sill plate for our first floor and today we began marking out truss locations, and bringing trusses into the house to set in place. It is exciting to be starting the framing, as lots of people stop by to ask us what we are doing.
Ok, ok. the title of this post is a bit cheesy, but we wanted to share just a quick video of how much compacting we have done in certain areas to stabilize our front section. See previous post, titled: “Stability”: https://harringtonbuild.com/2018/04/03/stability/
Enjoy the video!
Once the walls were poured, we got right to work getting the floor ready to be poured.
Steps that had to be taken before concrete could be laid were: trench for in-slab plumbing, trench for drainage and radon mitigation, backfill, compact, install steel posts and beams, move in and level gravel, lay out foam, lay out plastic, install rebar mesh, install heat loops, and add chairs for mesh.
Have any thoughts or questions? Let us know in the comments!
On our Fort Collins project, the homes entryway landing is built up from the ground level. To add stability to the backfilled dirt, we have spent a great deal of time getting chummy with the compactor and we have also added concrete to the loose dirt. Check it out below!
Here is the space before being backfilled. The entire front section of the home is being built up.
Once backfilled and compacted, Eric began forming up the stairs and landing.
There’s more concrete to be poured at the front, but at the moment we have the stairs competed and a small portion of the upper landing.