Archive for June, 2010

Lower Level Slab – Tinted Concrete

June 8th, 2010 by KTU | No Comments | Filed in 2. The Site, Excavation, and Foundation, 6. Interior Materials and Finishes, Park City Mountain Modern

The flatwork guy (Gough Concrete) poured the lower-level slab on Thursday and saw-cut the control joints on Friday. I stopped by on Saturday to take a look. We used a 2% mix of Solomon liquid color, which they call “smoke.” It’s just right. The tint is significantly darker than natural concrete, but still comes across as gray, not black. This color in this concentration costs $39 per cubic yard of concrete. Given that the mud itself only costs $110 per yard, that’s pretty significant. However, given that for this I get a finished floor, I consider the tinted concrete a bargain. This floor cost $5.40 per square foot for everything (#4 rebar, pump truck, concrete, tinting, placing the concrete, finishing the concrete, coating with an acrylic sealer, and saw cuts). This did not include the 15 mil vapor barrier and the under-slab insulation, which my plumbing and heating guy did.

Tinted concrete slab (2% Solomon liquid color - "Smoke")

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Framing Begins

June 8th, 2010 by KTU | No Comments | Filed in 3. Framing

Framing is a blast, because framers are fast and progress is obvious. My framer is Jose Magana (Magana Construction), who has framed a couple of houses for my “general coordinator” Steve Kotsenburg (more on that arrangement in another post).

Jose Magana and Steve Kotsenburg on Day 1 of framing.

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Staking out the Site

June 8th, 2010 by KTU | No Comments | Filed in 1. Plan, Montana Sleeping Pavilion

I met on site this weekend with my father-in-law Joe and our builder Jim. We staked out the pavilion so Jim can get started. Our basic approach was to site the structure so that the deck ┬áhas perfect views of the lake and the Mission Mountains. That happens to give us a southeast exposure, which is perfect. We’ll have warm sun in the morning, and hopefully a bit of shade in the late afternoon, when it can get really hot.

View from the staked-out future deck.

Engineered Lumber

June 16th, 2010 by KTU | 5 Comments | Filed in 3. Framing, Park City Mountain Modern

In stark contrast to the materials I used in the Vermont Mini-Cabin, much of the structure of the Park City Modern house is engineered lumber. ┬áThe entire floor system is framed from “I-Joists,” or “TJIs” as they are called informally. (The I-Joist was pioneered by the brand TrusJoist Inc., thus the acronym TJI, I think.) The brand is now called iLevel, and is a division of Weyerhauser. Other companies make similar product. The main floor system with the TJIs in place is shown in this photo.

Main floor system framed with I-Joists (TJIs).

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