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Posted by Steven in Colorado Springs, CO on 12/19/2009

Today we took advantage of the (relatively) warmer weather to run up and do some cleanup of the site. Colleen and the crew had only been able to do a small amount of work a couple of days ago due to the need to handle the first load of LiteDeck and the colder conditions, so as a result, there was still quite a bit of Styrofoam and cardboard and plastic straps up there that needed to be gathered up (the cardboard and plastic go to the recycling center; the ICF warehouse will take any clean Styrofoam for remanufacture into new blocks).

So around noon we wandered up to unload the cottonwood (still in the truck since we didn't do anything yesterday) and then replace it with all the other stuff. It was a nice enough day; cold if you didn't keep moving. We'd gotten a couple of inches out of the storm overnight, but it wasn't anything we couldn't handle. I took a bunch of pictures of the LiteDeck (first time I'd seen it up close) and the various parts that had been finished off in anticipation of the now-rescheduled pour.

Note that the pictures only show the bottom parts of the LiteDeck, which are about 6" thick or so. The way you get thicker floors is to put what they call top hats--basically solid styrofoam U-shaped caps--which fit into grooves along the top of the main section. If you want a thicker floor, stack more top hats onto each other. Once you're done with that, you end up with a floor that you lay radiant heat tubing and/or extra rebar (if needed) into and then you pour another couple of inches of concrete on top of all that for the finish. It's a fairly elegant solution, since this way the LiteDeck guys don't have to keep a whole bunch of different-thickness parts lying around, and you get a bonus in that the Styrofoam makes the floor all that much more insulated. Very slick.

That was really about it. Looking forward to the pour!

Steven in Colorado Springs


This first load fills up most of the garage area.
Closeup of some of the LiteDeck....
...and here's some more.
I thought this was a really neat shot of the living room area.
Looking down the master bedroom wing.

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