With 10+ inches of rain over the last 12-14 days, not only is it soggy, but we had a pretty insane mosquito "bloom" this week. I am a mosquito misogynist. I hate those gals. It only happens a couple of times a year, and only lasts for about 5 days, but it is really annoying! But, our cisterns are quite happy. It's a double-edged sword, or proboscis in this particular case. We're scheduled to get 100 yards of concrete this coming Saturday, which will allow us to pour the upper 1BR cistern walls, the stem walls for the 2BR Poolside villa and the cistern slab on the second 2BR Poolside villa. Yay! Hopefully, we'll get a break from the rain this week and everything will be dry enough to get the concrete trucks to the site for a massive pour. Despite a week of occasional, yet far too often, ten minute monsoon-like downpours, Sheraz and his team have continued to make progress on the tower villa. With the main structure forms in place, they have been focused on tying steel for the 725 sq ft roof top terrace. Here's the design. [caption id="attachment_2303" align="alignnone" width="833"] Tower Villa Roof Top Terrace[/caption] Here is the structural blue print for the roof top terrace. You can match the beams you see in the blue prints with beams in the photos that follow. [caption id="attachment_2374" align="aligncenter" width="860"] Villa Tower Roof Top Terrace Structural[/caption] The guys have the entire roof form in place and have been tying the multitude of steel beams and grids, which will form the skeleton of the roof and the main space of the villa. Here's the roof of the covered porch with beams in place. [caption id="attachment_2279" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Steel and forms for the covered porch roof[/caption] In the photo below, you can see the amazing view you'll have of Jost Van Dyke from the roof top terrace along with the covered porch, form work. I must say, the more this project moves forward, the more I appreciate the thoughtful and insightful design in play here. I have to give a shout out to Barefoot Design Group and our architect Ted C.! [caption id="attachment_media-52" align="aligncenter" width="480"] Ted C. schooling Bruce, me and Conner. [/caption] Here's a great example of leverage. Three beams intersecting with a main column beam. That is some real strength. [caption id="attachment_2278" align="aligncenter" width="480"] Roof beams joining with a main support column[/caption] Here is the base of the vertical beam you see in the previous picture. The electrician has been in and has installed an electrical outlet and the new beam has been tied to the main steel which extends from the one of the main structure beams. The white pipe you see is the down spout from the roof of the covered porch embedded into the column. No exposed gutters or downspouts. Pretty darn clever if I do say so, and a very clean design. [caption id="attachment_2275" align="aligncenter" width="480"] Base of covered porch support column[/caption] Here's one of the team tying a column beam into the main slab. The tower itself continues to progress. Electrical "rough in" has been completed, and steel grid tying is underway. [caption id="attachment_2280" align="aligncenter" width="480"] East face of the tower[/caption] Work also continues below. This is the rear, west facing, end of the villa with an excellent example of a column beam in progress. The yellow poles are called floor jacks and support the ceiling forms. They are placed no more than 4 feet apart from one another to insure no buckling occurs when the ceiling/roof is poured. [caption id="attachment_2274" align="aligncenter" width="480"] West facing side of villa (main entrance)[/caption] Here is the main living area of the villa. Plenty of floor jacks to hold up the ceiling form. [gallery ids="2282,2272" type="rectangular"] Here's the Northern facing wall of the villa with interior form in place and the initial window forms for the bedroom and bathroom. [caption id="attachment_2271" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Northern elevation[/caption] I took the following shot from the road below the tower villa. The main slab concrete is fully hardened (3 weeks), and the team will be stripping the form work soon. That's it for this week. If we get some break from the rain this week and pour 100 yards, next Sunday's update should be quite a step forward! Here is a bonus pic of Ting on my Dad's boat at Crown Bay on St. Thomas. I ran it through one of the great apps popping up in the app store which utilize Google's DeepDream AI.
Have a great week everyone.