Tuesday, October 25, 2011


Our superintendent, Pedro, sent these photos of the work he and his crew did this morning, laying out the partitions (interior walls) throughout the house. This gives us a chance to check the locations of all the partitions and look out for conflicts with the pipes and conduits coming out of the floor slab and the beams and purlins overhead. Once we approve the partition layout, Pedro will start putting down the light-gauge steel track which will hold the wall studs in place. This gives us an even better idea of the scale of the rooms in the house, too.

In fact, this is one of those moments when the house will "shrink," at least perceptually. There are points during construction when the project seems to grow - like when the floor slab is poured - and moments when it seems to contract, such as when the foundations are excavated.

This is also an opportunity to take a closer look at some of the tricky details where the interior partitions meet the ceiling and exterior walls. We'll need to cut the partitions around the beams and purlins, for example. We're looking at using industrial products (metal and rubber closures) to close off the spaces between the corrugations in the B-decking.

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