Archive for November, 2009

Driveway, Patio and Sidewalk

November 25, 2009

After the brick and stonework is complete, work on the driveway, patio and sidewalk begins. Just as the concrete for the basement included, cement manufactured by the Monarch Cement Company and fly ash, so will the concrete for the driveway, patio and sidewalk. As before Monarch cement was selected because the plant location in Southeast Kansas allows it to qualify as a locally produced product.

Excavating for the driveway in front of the house. View looking Northwest.

Constructing forms for the driveway. View looking South.

Driveway forms and sand in place. View looking Northeast.

Expansion joint and dowels at joint between the curb and the driveway. View looking South.

Patio forms and sand in place. View looking North.

Placing concrete for the driveway at the Northwest corner.

Placing concrete for the driveway at the Southwest corner.

Placing concrete for the patio at the Northwest corner.

Finished driveway. View from the West.

Finished patio. View from the South.

Forms for the steps and the sidewalk at the front porch.

Forms for the sidewalk at the driveway

Placing and leveling the concrete for the sidewalk. View looking down from the front porch.

 

Placing and leveling the concrete for the sidewalk. View looking West from the front porch.

 

Finished sidewalk. View from the South.

Exterior Doors

November 25, 2009

The garage door selected is a model 410, manufactured by doorLink Manufacturing, Inc.™ in North Kansas City, MO.  It is designed to meet the City of Wichita’s building code requirement of a 90 MPH wind load. Since it is installed in an unconditioned garage, it is non-insulated. The door is steel with a traditional raised panel design and includes a 1/2 HP chain drive operator and one transmitter.

Garage door. View from the Northwest.

Like the other products used to finish the exterior, the entry doors, manufactured by Therma-Tru Doors® in Maumee, Ohio were chosen for their durability and sustainability. They are all pre-hung insulated fiberglass wood edge door units and are all ENERGY STAR® rated. The wood grained fiberglass surfaces will not rot, deteriorate, rust, bow or crack. They resist denting and scratching and can be painted or stained.

Door units delivered to the house and stored in the Garage.

Close up of a door label.

Sill pans are installed under the doors to prevent moisture from penetrating into the wall below the door.View of the door to Master Bedroom from the Deck.

Door unit installed on the sill pan. All door units include an adjustable wood threshold and an aluminum exterior threshold.

Front door unit with sidelight installed on sill pan. View from the Foyer.

Finished door installation. View of the door to Master Bedroom from the Deck.

Brick and Stone

November 24, 2009

In addition to the paint scheme, the brick and stone selections were submitted and approved by the development’s design review committee prior to beginning construction of the house. Robinson Brick in Denver, CO manufactured the brick selected for the house. The stone is from Pray Stone Company and was quarried in Winfield, Kansas. Monarch Cement Company in Humboldt, KS manufactured the masonry cement for the mortar. The sand is from a local sand pit. All these materials qualify as locally produced products.

Stone and mason’s sand delivered to the front yard. The mason’s mixer is set up next to the sand pile. View from the Southwest.

Brick and mason’s cement delivered to the front yard.

Close up of the Monarch masonry cement bag.

Close up of the Robinson Brick label.

Storage and mixing area in the front yard.

First course of brick on the walk-out wall on the rear of the house.

A mason is laying the brick cap on the walk-out wall at the rear of the house. View from the South.

A mason is starting to lay the brick cap on the retaining wall at the Northeast corner of the house. View from the View from the East.

The brick caps on the retaining wall and the walk-out wall are complete. View from the walk-out patio looking North.

A mason is finishing the brick cap on the daylight window well on the North side of the house. View looking East.

Sorting the stone for the South side of the Garage.

Stone at the Southwest corner of the Garage. View looking Southeast

Stone on the South side of the Garage complete with brick cap. Stone veneer on the front of the porch. View looking North.

Stone veneer on the Entry and Kitchen wall. View from the Southeast.

Brick and stone on the front of the house is complete. View from the Southeast.

Close up of the brick trim around front door. View from the West.

Exterior Caulking and Painting

November 24, 2009

The exterior color scheme was submitted and approved by the development’s design review committee prior to beginning construction of the house. The preparation for painting began the day after the siding installation was completed. All windows are covered with plastic to protect from overspray and all joints between the fascia, soffit, trim and siding are caulked.

Caulking of all joints between the fascia and the soffit, and the soffit and the siding. View looking up at the gable overhang.

Caulking at joints between the fascia and the soffit, and the corner trim and the siding. View looking up at the gable overhang and eave overhang.

Caulking at joints between the fascia and the soffit, and the soffit and the siding. View looking up at the gable and eave overhang on the North side of the house.

Windows are covered with plastic and primer has been applied. View from the East.

Close up of the Living Room windows after primer has been applied. View from the East.

The finish coat of paint is Benjamin Moore® Aura® low VOC (volatile organic compound) waterborne exterior paint.

Painter applying the finish coat of paint to the South side of the house. View from the Southwest.

Painter applying the finish coat of paint to the Garage door jamb. View from the Southwest.

Painters applying the finish coat of paint to the rear of the house. View from the Northeast.

Deck Construction

November 16, 2009

While the siding contractor started installing the siding on the side of the house, the deck is started on the rear or East side of the house. Similar to the fascia, soffit, siding and trim; the materials used constructing the deck were chosen for their durability and sustainability.

The deck posts are rough Cedar. The corner post supports the roof above the deck. View from the East.

The deck floor framing is treated lumber. The ledger is lag bolted to the wall studs.

Deck joists. View from the Master Bedroom.

Before the decking and handrail are complete, the siding is installed around the deck structure. View of corner trim cut around deck rim joist.

The decking material is TimberTech®, Floorizon® Plank, made from recycled high-density polyethylene and recycled wood flour from the woodworking industry. It does not require staining or sealing and is resistant to termites.

Decking material delivered to the site.

Laying out decking material on the structure. View from the South.

Decking material and hand rail posts installed. View from the South.

A concealed fastening clip screwed to joists, spaces and holds the decking material in place.

Installation of the decking material is complete. View looking to the North.

Decking material and hand rail posts installed. View from the North.

Joists with composite deck material installed. View from the bottom side.

Installation of composite trim material to finish the edge of the decking. View looking North.

The handrail is being constructed using redwood top and bottom rails.Redwood is a renewable resource with 80% of the available redwood commercial forest being certified under one of two widely recognized certification programs: Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) of the Sustainable Forest Initiative (SFI SM).* Unlike treated lumber, redwood has grown-in resistance to decay and insects that is present throughout the lumber, not just on the surface.

Handrail being installed. Handrail balusters are steel tubing. View looking toward the Northeast.

Deck railing with composite trim applied around the edge. Redwood and steel tube railing above.

Completed deck and railing. View looking East.

Completed deck and railing. The opening in the rail is for stairs to the patio below. View looking Northeast.

*source: Forest Stewardship Council, http://www.fscoax.org/. American Forest & Paper Association’s Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI SM) Program, www.afandpa.org/forestry/sfi or  www.aboutsfi.org.

Fascia, Soffit, Siding and Trim

November 6, 2009

Duraibility and sustainability are prominate issues in the LEED™for Homes and the NAHB National Green Building Program™. All the materials used for fascia, soffits, siding and trim were chosen for their durability and sustainabilty.

The fascia and soffits were installed by the framer. The fascia material is LP® SmartSide® Trim, Cedar texture, 3/4” x 7 ¼”. The soffit material is LP SmartSide Soffit, Preciaion Series, Cedar texture, 7/16” thick. The siding corner trim is LP SmartSide Trim, Cedar texture, 3/4” x 3 ½” and is being applied by the siding contractor. SmartSide Soffit &Trim is an engineered wood product made from fast growing trees and treated with a zinc borate based process to resist moisture, fungal decay and termites.

The siding is JamesHardie® HardiePlank® Beaded Select Cedarmill® Lap Siding. HardiePlank siding is made from fiber cement which a mixture of sand, cement, cellulose, wood fibers, and water. Fiber cement siding resists moisture, is rot and termite resistatant and fire resistant.

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Corner trim in place and siding is being applied. View from the Southwest.

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Siding on the rear of the house. View from the East.

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Siding on the North side of the house. View from the Northwest.

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Close up of the soffit, corner trim and siding.

Close up of the soffit, corner trim and siding.