First level block work is well under way on this new Longboat Key home
Its an exciting time for our owners as the first walls on the home start to take shape and you can really start to get a true sense of the scale of a home. The block will be laid up to a point and poured with what is refereed to as a tie beam. The tie beam ties the entire structure together and provides the support needed for the floor system.
As the tradesmen lay up the block they are checking that the walls are square and plumb and that each measurement on the plan is met precisely. Prior to pouring the slab we had to place our window order, this was so that we could get what is called the masonry openings or MO’s and place our steel re bar in the right spot. The MO’s need to be very exact dimensionally. The details of the windows and doors need to be thoroughly understood so that our poured sills and dimensions of the opening work with the windows details and any trim work details.
- Fully engineered structure (Storm strengthening)
- No wood structure (House longevity)
- No wood infill (House longevity)
- Embedded hurricane ties (Storm strengthening)
- Dap outs and sills with curbs at windows and doors (Weather proofing)