(Sorry for posting late Monday. I forgot to take a particular picture that is critical to this post. Just finishing up now at 7:45 PM.)
Ah summer. What a great time of year. It’s the creatures and the trees I tell ya.
I had this vision the other day while I was driving home of this ghastly winter we just went through. Just the snow and the bitter cold. The transformation that takes place is just utterly remarkable. It happens so quickly too! I just wish it lasted longer.
I know most people love their A/C but I feel like I’ve come to embrace the heat. Maybe I’m just getting old. There’s nothing like walking outside your backdoor with shorts and sandals on. I love it.
Check this out.
My wife bought this for me for Father’s Day. Is that a door or what? Making the front door of the Hobbit House look like that will definitely be a challenge. I’m still baffled that nobody else has really tried to build a Hobbit House. I mean whenever I see the beginning of that movie I marvel at the architecture they came up with. Why would anyone want to live in a conventional home after seeing the coolest house ever?
So. Welcome again to another addition of the Hobbit Hollow Construction blog. Glad you stopped by. My dayjob has been taking a lot out of me lately and I haven’t really been on the attack as much as I would have liked to be over at the Hobbit house. But we are progressing and I do have a few new things to expose you to this week. We’ll get to that in a bit.
My wife’s father lives in Arizona. He comes back home twice a year to visit. It’s always great to see him. Turned 82 this July. I mean he’s up there cleaning out the gutters on the house he owns. Working non-stop in his yard. Mowing his lawn. I’m like: “There is something wrong with your father dear.” Anyway, we all know Arizona, do we not? Basically a desert with scrub grass and cacti. That’s it. Oh yeah, and the temperature gets to 115 degrees on a regular basis. (Lets keep in mind that it’s a dry heat people, shall we?) Anyway, I think the heat or the landscape or possibly a little of both have rubbed off on the old man. He went to “trim” the bushes and check out what happened.
My sons went over to help clean up and came home wide eyed and fearful. “You have to see what Poppa did over at the house! “For all you Hobbit fans out there we now call it ….”The Desolation of Poppa.” We only speak in whispers about it lest he catch wind of what we say.Wow! Now that’s what I call trimming the hedges! Or as Treebeard would say ” A Wizard should know better!”
Never a dull moment. Come on…I couldn’t have even dreamed that one up.
Okay I’ll give him a break he is 82. The sad part of it is I didn’t even have the heart to break his 82 year old chops like I normally would.
I think his final comment before he headed back to Arizona was something along the lines of, ” It kind of reminds me of back home.”
Hmmm. Next topic.
I don’t have a lot of time this weekend so I’ll be brief here today and just give you the facts.
First off I did finish the electrical in the roof deck. I added a couple of things just to be on the safe side. I ran two 12 gauge lines from the panel box to the chimney. One for the mini-split heat pump and another just in case we want to have a concert on top of the Hobbit house someday. Hey, who knows maybe Bono from U2 or Mick Jagger are into Hobbit houses. I don’t want them to show up and have them leave because we don’t have enough amps up there.
I also put in another 2 inch sleeve for the mini-split heat pump. I’m at work the other day and had to go to the weekly meeting. So I get to the conference room and what do I see to my great surprise? A mini split heat pump cranking in the air conditioning. So at the end of the meeting I asked who installed it and the guy is right there and he walks me through the finer details of a ductless mini-split. So I need two sleeves for copper lines, a power feed line and a low voltage line. I couldn’t believe my good fortune. What a simple set up. I’m also gonna need a water drip line from the interior unit which was great to find out. That will come a bit later.
So with the electrical out of the way we can now move onto the final details of finishing.
The first thing I wanted to figure out and check was did I have the right high chairs for the top mat. Top mat you say? Ah yes. First the bottom mat, then the electrical, then the top mat. The top mat is an important structural element of the house and has to be set up in a certain way. The stress in the top portion of the slab is in a different location than in the bottom portion of the slab. Therefore the steel placement is different which is shown on the structural drawings.
So the top mat is placed on what we call high chairs. Since our Hobbit house has a tapered slab the chairs are different sizes.So my main concern was do I have the right chairs to do the job. I set up my slab gauge and then set up my chairs in the correct places. I have 61/2, 71/2, 81/2, and 111/2 high chairs. Here’s a picture.
A little out of focus but you get the idea. the top slab has two inches of concrete cover over it so it looks like the chair is far away from the gauge but it’s actually right on the money. These chairs we tie down to the bottom mat so they don’t move while we are installing the steel. Here’s one I tied down.
The next thing I did was set up for the spandrel rebar. This is a little tricky so I wanted to set it up so the boys could see what I wanted. This is all exposed concrete so I used epoxy coated rebar at these locations. I had the guys at work bend me some bars a while back when we did a job that had a lot of epoxy in it. I didn’t finish the whole thing. I just kind of wanted to set it up for the boys. Check it out.
Jude and Terence showed up later in the morning and they got to work finishing up the skylights. Here they are.
If you look to the right you can see the series of high chairs I installed.
Like I said I’m a little short on time but if you look to the right in this picture you will see my styrofoam cut to mimic the tapered slab. This is the thermal break we need to create thermal bridge free construction. I’ll get into this next weekend.
So could you believe that Hurricane Arthur? Pretty amazing. I thought for sure they were going to say it would peter out once it hit the cooler water of the Northeast. Very interesting. Kinda put a damper on our Fourth of July plans for a bbq!
Well I hope your Fourth of July weekend was good- Hurricane or not. We had a great time. Georgia went to Pennsylvania and picked up fireworks. We had a great fireworks show. (It just had to be postponed one day due to the rain we had on the Fourth.) The Gucci Family would have been proud. I’ll see you all next week.