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…
Celebrating the way we know how. Thanks to all the crew. Good Job !
Ron, our Masonry Engineer says “There’s No Turning Back Now.” A milestone day indeed for the Francis House project.
Here is a recent frontal shot post bond beam filling. The bond beams are the horizontal concrete structure on the very top of the stone walls.
All bond beams are solid and “stuffed.”
Wiggle, wiggle, wiggle. Bakers do that to a pan to ensure the batter is evenly distributed. It also “compacts” the mixture by ridding the batter of “air pockets.” Watch the men do the wiggling and shoving so the concrete fills every nook and cranny of the bond beams.