Watching these load bearing I-Beams installed make it look easy considering their very significant role in the structural integrity of the building. It usually requires a minimum of two people to accomplish the task safely. Even a short six foot long double 2×12 beam can be very heavy. The beams on the corner support the…
Days of laying the cement for the ground floor is done. Simultaneously, there is more repair on the exterior stone especially in areas where the additions from the old Calistoga Hospital where removed.
Last step in the cement pouring process is mechanically spreading it for an even distribution.
Three days ago the insulation was laid. Today, the reinforced bars were installed together with the radiant heat pipes (red pipes). The warm water that passes through these red pipes will channel heat giving warmth on bare feet. Now, after many months waiting, there is a level floor to walk on. The possibility of twisting…
The stub ups for heating, electrical and plumbing lines are in place.
The preparations for the ground level flooring is being laid now: (1) the vapor barrier (plastic like sheeting) has been laid followed by (2) insulation material. Next layers are the reinforced bars and then the concrete gets poured – these will happen tomorrow.
Stabilizing the main entrance of the building and giving it a new keystone above where the main entry door would be. This marks a new beginning for the 130 year old landmark building.
A belated thank you to The Weekly Calistoga and Anne Ward-Ernst for an article published on August 11 on the progress of the restoration at The Francis House.
An app that is indispensable to our work: Google Earth. Check out this birds eye view shot of the Francis House. Somewhat cartoonish but very real. It reminds me of my yesteryears building architectural models.
Two weeks ago the bond beams have been filled with concrete. This week we begin building the interior steel “cage” which is an added interior support for the existing exterior stone walls. What this means ? The exterior stone walls have been stabilized and the interior steel cage is an added “brace” so they are…