Archive for October, 2010

Upper-Level Concrete Floors

October 6th, 2010 by KTU | 4 Comments | Filed in 6. Interior Materials and Finishes, Park City Mountain Modern

DuWayne (Gough Concrete Specialities) poured the upper-level concrete floors last week. We specified a 3 inch slab of tinted concrete (the same 2% tint we used on the lower-level slab). A 24-inch grid of #2 re-bar is laid over the hydronic heating tubes before the floors are poured. I had them saw cut control joints in nice locations as I had on the lower level. Looks very nice, even if the floors still need some work with a Swiffer.

Main level concrete floors with saw cuts.

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Drywall

October 7th, 2010 by KTU | 1 Comment | Filed in 6. Interior Materials and Finishes, Park City Mountain Modern

Drywall is a pretty amazing trade. It goes like this: (a) a truck with a big boom on it lifts 40,000 lbs. of limestone into the house (sandwiched between two layers of paper in the form of drywall) , (b)  8 guys descend on the project and in two days “hang” the sheets, (c) a different load of guys show up and tape the seams and finish the surface to deliver nice smooth walls. This all happens for shockingly little money; the whole process costs less than $1/sq-ft of surface including materials and labor.

Better hope the engineers calculated the loads right. This must be 10,000 lbs of drywall.

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Paver Terraces

October 23rd, 2010 by KTU | No Comments | Filed in 7. Landscaping and Hardscaping, Park City Mountain Modern

I put in a simple paver surface on the front terrace. I’m really happy with it. The surface is formed from 4″x8″x2-3/8″ Belgard pavers. They are installed upside down, so that the beveled edges intended to be visible on the top are actually hidden on the lower side. That way, I get a nice crisp “brick” look. My contractor was Appian Paver Systems (owner Doug Anthony). He bought 840 sq-ft of material (an even number of pallets) and then just installed it all…allowing the rear terrace to be whatever size it ended up being. That way we got the most area possible for a given cost. These pavers run about $12-14/sq-ft installed, which is more than plain concrete, but about the same as stamped concrete. I much prefer the look to the various concrete alternatives. I also much prefer this surface to that of a wooden deck.

Crisp, sharp brick look achieved by installing beveled pavers upside down.

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Driveway

October 23rd, 2010 by KTU | No Comments | Filed in 7. Landscaping and Hardscaping, Park City Mountain Modern

Tyler and Danny (Waters Excavating) came back to clean up the front yard and prep for the concrete driveway to be placed. They are can-do guys and pretty much just figured it out and got it done in one long day. They were the first ones on the site back in April and now one of the last on the site in October. Tyler has a bunch of big track hoes, but does a lot of his work with this small Komatsu hoe. It’s really nice and comes equipped with a rubber track so it doesn’t ruin the asphalt as they run around. I’d love to have one of these, but at $55,000 a pop, this is probably one tool I won’t own.

Tyler prepping the front yard for the driveway and sidewalk.

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Gas and Electric Service

October 30th, 2010 by KTU | No Comments | Filed in 2. The Site, Excavation, and Foundation, Park City Mountain Modern

Minor detail: the gas supply. This requires a contractor to the gas company installing a line (shown below). Then the gas company installs a meter (in my case by a friendly guy smoking a cigar…really, a smoking gas line guy…wonder how long he’s been doing it?). They made a mess…so I ended up working with a spade and bucket to fix the driveway before the concrete guy comes.

Trench and gas line to meter location. Took these guys about three hours to finish this job.

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Doors

October 30th, 2010 by KTU | 2 Comments | Filed in 6. Interior Materials and Finishes, Park City Mountain Modern

The doors arrived this week. They’re beautiful. I’m really happy with them. The only problem was the stain/finish guy who delivered them knocked them over in his truck and dinged a bunch of them. He’s fixing ‘em (cheerfully, I might add). The doors came from Lemieux Doors in Canada. They were hung and finished by subcontractors to ProBuild, my materials supplier. They cost about $500 each, pre-hung and pre-finished (for 7 foot doors 1-1/2″ thick).  The main entry door was a lot more, about $2000 all in. Worth it.

3-panel vertical-grain fir doors with 2-1/4 square-edge casing.

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Tile

October 30th, 2010 by KTU | 8 Comments | Filed in 6. Interior Materials and Finishes, Park City Mountain Modern

Picking tile is brutal. I hate it. There must be a million options…in a single showroom. I decided to focus on a nice simple tile scheme and to pick a simple affordable tile. I concentrated on the American Olean line, as they have a little bit of everything and they had a good display in the tile showroom. Fancy tile is $40/sq-ft. Tile at Home Depot is $2-3/sq-ft. It’s all the same material, basically. So, the trick (for me) was to find a mainstream tile that could be used in an elegant contemporary design.

For all the showers, I ended up with American Olean St. Germain in “Creme.” I used the 12″ x 24″ tiles laid up in brick pattern. Here it is being laid. I love it. It’s crisp, clean, and contemporary. It ran about $4.50/ sq-ft for the material. My tile guy is very high end…he charges about $12/sq-ft for installation. But, I didn’t want to mess around with quality on this.

American Olean St. Germain in Creme color in 1ftx2ft size.

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