Chronicles of the Design & Construction of Two Waterfront Hurricane Proof Dry Stack Modular Green Custom Homes
1. Villa Lagoon, Wilder Italian Style Home
2. Nasello Italian Style Home

Top Floor Decking

Saturday, February 02, 2008

This morning is another bee hive of activity. More wonderful weather is a big plus too.

Dan is here and his carpentry crew are here to build temporary inside stairs and put the decking on the top floor.

Beautiful day, beautiful view. On the left are the long joists that remained to be placed. Some of the wrong size was delivered at first.

I realized today that he new garage is about the same size as the little guesthouse I have lived in for quite some time.

The additional stainless steel bolts have been added to the wood rim board that has the joist hangers attached to it.

The decking boards were passed thru the front door opening.

After the upper level is decked today we have a dangerous situation with a tall floor and no rail. Just to be sure that no one stops by out of curiosity and gets up to the top deck, the guys put some framing around the only door with stairs to it, the garage to foyer opening and screwed plywood up in the space. Anyone who made it up there would have to have a screwdriver or a hatchet and a lot of will power.  The temp stairs that went up to the porch slab on the south was trashed when the opening was closed up.

We used laminated beams to allow us to run our joists in different directions and have the stair well opening.

The new temporary stairs just go straight up but the real ones will extend out further into the foyer and have a landing that turns the entrance off them to the right. Dan was here the whole time his guys were working... if you want a great custom builder... call Dan Zehentner !! I just can't say enough about how wonderful Dan is. He thinks ahead, sees thru smoke-screens, and is a lot of fun.

Emerging onto the new top floor.

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Dan has the guys mark out the location of the room walls in red chalk. He says that red is the last color to fade off in rain and wind... blue first, black next, last red.

It is really wonderful to see how my room I will have. I didn't want to stand too near the edge, but this would be kinda like standing in the living room and looking past the kitchen, down the hall and into the master bedroom where Dan is standing.

We are really up high now, and can see the Gulf. Just a little, but then it is really calm right now. There will be a upper porch over this lower one in the left photo. We need some capitol blocks to use on the columns before we keep stacking them up.

The vent covers are on order for these rectangle openings.

So now blocks are all lined up ready to be stacked next week. I am going to Memphis for a few days and will probably see a lot of change when I get back after the short absence.