(Pouring concrete, main floor, MCNZH)
A lot has been achieved in the three months since my last progress report.
Concrete Floors and Counter Tops
We poured concrete floors over the subfloors a couple of months ago. We originally framed the walls of the house 2.5 inches higher than normal to accommodate the depth of the floors. We also had to put posts and beams down the middle of the house to support the 10-12 metric tonnes of weight per floor that the concrete weighs. Finally, we poured high fly ash Agilia concrete over the subfloors:
(smoothing out the concrete)
(poured concrete in the second floor bedrooms, taken from the stairwell)
We also poured concrete counter tops for main floor kitchen and bathrooms – these will last indefinitely, look beautiful and add to the thermal mass of the home.
(counter tops – kitchen island)
(counter tops – kitchen counter)
(the concrete looked really cool once it was all smoothed out)
As I’ve discussed in previous posts, the wood burning stove is installed:
The drywall and mudding is complete too. (pictures are before the mudding was complete):
(the wall between the master bedroom and upstairs library/den – this is a flex wall that can be removed with little trouble if we add an upstairs suite in the future)
(an interior window between the master bedroom and the ensuite bathroom – it provides natural light without letting any extra heat escape from the home)
(Moisture resistant drywall in the bathrooms increases the longevity of the home – it is also obligatory for the home to qualify for LEED accreditation)
We’re very happy with our progress, Habitat has done an amazing job, quality-wise. We’re hoping to move in on August 1st!
(cross posted at raisingspaces.com)