Archive for September, 2012

Special Stands

September 27th, 2012

First Flight’s millwork shop crafts a variety of specialty items including this set of nightstands to match the existing decor of a clients home. Working with maple offers challenges, even the soft maples are harder than many other hardwoods, such as cherry. Hard maples by comparison are distingushed by small knots appearing along the grain, often referred to as “birds eye maple” The ability to match corresponding pieces of the unit make this fine furniture exclusive as well as unique. Utilizing full extension slides allows the full depth of the drawer to be exposed, something you cannot acheive with other drawer mounting techniques. Typically, the strongest joints need to be between the front and sides as this is where stress occurs everytime the drawer is opened or closed. The mechanics of operation and the fine tuned individual selection of matching components separate these from mass produced counterparts.

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Fortified Homes

September 18th, 2012

Identifing potential geographic hazards and preparing against their effects is the foundation of the fortified home program. Fortified housing undergoes rigorous multiple inspections to maintain specific standards for certification. The protective measures taken to assure against wind, water, and fire far exceed code requirements. Walls, openings such as windows and doors, along with the roof system these homes employ are planned and inspected to be held to a higher standard against conventional homes. Wind speeds are increased by 20 mph over local code. Sheathing thicknesses are increased, a secondary water barrier is installed to prevent water intrusion should the outer sheating become damaged. In our location which is prone to hurricane damage often times impact resistant windows are required. The Grande Dunes house illustrated here is constructed with ICF walls which adds a level of security against the elements. The subject I have been an advocate for pertaining to establishing a continuous load path from roof to foundation, is a requirement in fortified building. Even the fastners, anchors and connectors must be of corrosion resistant materials when exposed or coming into contact with treated materials. So why would one go to this extreme to get the certification other than their piece of mind and protection of their investment? Reduction of insurance rates of course. Besides designing a home that can withstand just about anything Mother Nature can fling at it, receiving reduced insurance premiums is icing on the cake.

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Eye Level

September 11th, 2012

Being in a predominantly slab foundation market, I seldom have the opportunity to spotlight engineered lumber for crawl space applications. Suriano Homes is building a model home in the Waterbridge community of Myrtle Beach utilizing Weyerhaeuser I level joist 11 7/8″ deep @ 16″o/c for the first level of the structure. They install quickly spanning long uninterupted areas by picking up intermediate bearing along the way. These I joist are superior over conventional lumber because of their uniformity and reduced tendency for warping and shrinkage. The real value in my mind is the ability to design for individual building loading conditions. Different series of I joist with varying flange sizes can be empircally verified for a variety of load conditions, offering good, better and best options. Modern I joist allow for larger holes to be cut in them for mechanical chases, which was a major drawback of any solid lumber flooring solutions. Here at the beach, I have been recommending them for waterproofed decks due to the increased live and dead loads requirements for this application. The second level of this home will be the 360 Series for spans exceeding 20′-0″. In the larger markets, with an optimum cutting facility, it is possible to get PET (precision end trimming) and specified mechanical opening precut. Knock out holes are drilled in the web of the I joist to easily allow wire passage. With increased residential building materials weight being imposed, such as slate countertops, kitchen islands and wood flooring, “eye” joist perform silently for the lifespan of the home as they were designed to do.

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House On The Corner

September 10th, 2012

The house on the corner has taken form and shape as it rapidly moves through the construction process. Shown on the previous post, lot 135 Sunset Harbour will be ready for roof sheathing tomorrow as the roof is braced on the inside today. The second floor is covered with 3/4″ T+G plywood and covering the roof will be the next order of business. Having gone vertically upwards the crew will sheath the roof using 5/8″ radiant barrier and cover it with 30lb felt paper while working downward, completing the soffits before sheathing the walls with 7/16″ OSB. This experienced crew of component construction understands the advantage and time saving methods of completing each level as they move through them. Starting on the slab, it was important to move upwards first, but having reached the pinnacle they will work their way down consolidating movements and energy focused on doing what is necessary for the current position. The roof sheathing along with the felt will need to be set on top with a boom truck to maximize efficiency. When they reach the lower level, the house will be in the “dried in” stage awaiting plumbing, electrical wiring and installation of the HVAC units and ducts. All these trades have been considered and planned as to their location and interplay with one another. The result is an organized process, minimizing labor, using engineered products to reach the desired goal.

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