Thursday, May 22, 2014

Another successful concrete pour, #4 in 6 weeks

It has been another busy two weeks at Caribbean Palm Villa.  In this time we have formed all of the lower level walls both interior and exterior.  On this level there are two bedrooms with en suite bathrooms both of which feature ocean views to Rams Head and outdoor showers. The picture above is the morning of the pour.  The pictures below will give you some idea as to the work and preparation needed to get to this point.

To begin the process of forming the walls, all of the interior forms are erected first.

Snap ties which hold the two plywood forms together are then inserted into the forms.

Next, literally tons of rebar and all window and door openings are put in their respective places.  Once secured, this areas will displace concrete and once the forms are removed the openings will be ready to install the respective window or door.  Simultaneously the plumber and electrician visit the site and layout and secure their mechanicals to the rebar.

 John and the AC contractor, Daryl installed the line sets for the air conditioners that we most likely will rarely use due to the awesome trade winds this Villa receives.
Yes john is getting a good tan but that is not him in the forefront.  Its one of our hard working concrete men they call Blanc.
 View from the street.  We had to use a pump truck this time around.

This picture was take yesterday after the forms were stripped.  This view is from one of the lower level master suites.  Looks amazing, the views keep getting better.

With this last pour we finally have reach the elevation of the upper floor.  Standing on the top of the forms this is the view from the upper Bedroom. 

Sunday, May 4, 2014

3rd CONCRETE POUR IN FIVE WEEKS - Lower Level Slab gets poured

During the past week we have roughed in plumbing and electric for the lower living level including the plumbing necessary for the cisterns.  As you can see in the picture above and below there is many tons of rebar in the slabs as these are the floors that sit above the cisterns.

Began pouring 43 yards of concrete at roughly 9:00 a.m.  We had to contact the barges days in advance to arrange for the trucks to be on time because we needed 4 concrete trucks for this pour.  With Carnival going on over on St. Thomas, this was especially necessary as some businesses close many of the days to enjoy the festivities.

The north lower level ensuite was poured first and continued into the adjoining bedroom.

This is the view from the ensuite which will have two open windows in the walkin shower.  What a great view people will experience from this room….well every room.

Pour is completed by 1:00 p.m.  All of the guys working this job are amazing hard workers and we couldn't be happier with them.

The above picture and the below pics were taken today, Sunday, three days after the pour.

This picture shows the two lower level balconies that each equally sized bedrooms will enjoy not only the breezes but the sound of the ocean below in Fish Bay.

This is the last pic of the week and happens to be the view from the outdoors shower from one of the lower level suites.  Can't you picture yourself here??  Next couple of weeks will be extremely busy as we are aiming to form all the walls on the lower level including interior walls.  We will be roughing in plumbing, electric, sat tv lines and lines for the A/C units.  When forming the walls this includes all of the openings for doors and windows, interior and exterior.  And there are many openings as we are putting in a lot of large windows and doors.  Will have more next weekend…..Enjoy your week everyone!!!