Sunday, March 08, 2015

The Chaos of Creating the Second Floor!

Work has begun on the second floor with the installation of supports and the blocks of Styrofoam that were shown in the Art & Sewing Room in an earlier post.  The supports begin with purchased beams made with concrete and re-bar, some of which is visible above and connected to the concrete.  The Styrofoam is cut to fit and the workers make up similar re-bar beams to use cross-wise giving support to all sides of the foam.  On top of the foam and supportive beams is a thin, re-bar, 5" square mesh.

The rooms are starting to feel like the inside of a house as the ceiling blocks out the blue sky and sunshine.  Fortunately, we have lots of windows and plan skylights in the roof to keep the house bright and feeling like outside.

Each piece of Styrofoam is cut to fit perfectly between the beams.

As you can see here, the process of wood supports and forms continues.  These large supportive beams will be poured at the same time as the upstairs floor with a concrete pumper truck.

With so much support being required, it is becoming difficult to walk inside the house.  There are wood structures everywhere!

Getting through these close set wood supports is a challenge with my backpack on my back.


Don bravely climbed up to give us this view of the Styrofoam from above.  Here you can also see the re-bar that has been extended to help create the second floor.

Although Don wasn't thrilled to climb up for the photos, the workers not only climb up but spend a great deal of their time working at this level. I hope they take a minute to enjoy the incredible view!

Another view from the top looking from the front of the house to the back.

As we've mentioned before, the sunsets here are incredible!  Nothing compares with seeing the beauty in person, however, we keep trying! :)

 Since the sun sets about 6:00 p.m. every evening, invariably Don will drag me from my dinner preparations saying, "You have to see this one!"  I'm looking forward to being able to see the sunrise from my kitchen window and the sunset while eating outside!  

Just before the sun started sending rays through the clouds and showing beautiful colors, it shined on the ocean making it a bright and  glimmering site.

Quickly, the show is over with a final blast of color, and then it goes down!  Back to dinner for me!

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