07 Jan 2014 Clifton St. | first floor
And we’re back! We hope you had a great holiday. We did, and now we’re ready to get back to work. Both the Agricola St. and Clifton St. projects are moving along – crazy weather not withstanding. At Clifton St., we completed the basement walls and the main floor before the holiday break.
Below, Corey and Brian install and LVL beam that will support the transitional area between the living area and kitchen.
Engineered I-beams span with width of the foundation and will be the building blocks for everything that comes above.
Mitigating the unwanted entry of air and moisture in a new house is one of the most talked about topics in modern building science. We will be talking about some of the techniques we use as we follow the build. Below, spray foam is used to fill a void between a beam pocket and the exterior ICF wall. The layer of foam reduces the possibility of thermal bridging.
Once the beams and floor joists are installed it’s time for the sub-floor. Construction adhesive and screws work together to make a solid and creak-less floor.
The rear area of the home is a slab on grade. Once the small ICF wall was back filled, a layer of gravel was added before final prep for the slab. We built a temporary shelter for the concrete pour.
Two layers of rigid foam separated by a 1.5mm vapour barrier ensure that the radiant heat stays in the finished concrete slab and doesn’t escape below. Each layer of rigid foam has fully taped seams. Spray foam was added to all of the edges and gaps creating a complete air and moisture barrier.
As always, thanks for checking in to see how our projects are going. Stay tuned for framing!