Whistler Bear Creek Home Construction

RDC Fine Homes' President Bob Deeks provides an update from our Bear Creek home construction project in Whistler Creekside. We will be posting regular updates for this Whistler construction project.

UPDATE 1 (MAY 25, 2020)

RDC Fine Homes' Bob Deeks provides the first update for a new home construction project underway in Bear Creek Whistler. This video shows the damp proofing process developed for the home's foundation.

Bob Deeks:

"Bob Deeks with RDC Fine Homes, up here at our Energy Step Code 4 house. Just having a look at the damp proofing that has been completed here on the lower section. You can see we have the bag footing, then Nudura Peel and Stick on the Nudura ICF forms, and then we're using a DELTA DRAIN, interestingly, because we have a lot of water coming in on the back of this site. We have glued the DELTA DRAIN onto the ICF with the peel and stick in behind to make sure that we have no mechanical fasteners that are penetrating this important envelope, to ensure that the lower floor basement of this house stays dry, and we never get that damp musty smell."

UPDATE 2 (MAY 26, 2020)

RDC Fine Homes' president Bob Deeks reviews rock slinging at a home construction project's foundatin in Bear Creek Whistler.

Bob Deeks

"Hey, Bob Deeks here. We are at our Whistler Step 4 House. Rock slinger here with Marshall Brothers slinger, loading the gravel on, and slinging the material all the way to the back of the first phase four. As you can see later on, we'll have to sling material all the way up to the very, very back there. But that's still some weeks out. Pretty exciting. See all this machinery here to get this backfill so we can move on to the next phase of our concrete."

UPDATE 3 (JUNE 20, 2020)

Bob Deeks:

"(Today we're) pouring into (concrete into) our Nudura forms. All the bracing work that the guys have done to make sure that the walls stay perfectly plumb, level, and square as we load the concrete up, as you can see. We've got to get up to that level way up there on the next floor. So you can see where the pump truck is right now. Eventually, those walls will get up another 15 feet."

UPDATE 4 (AUGUST 11, 2020)

RDC Fine Homes' Bob Deeks reviews ongoing structural work for a home construction project currently underway in Bear Creek Whistler.

Bob Deeks:

"Hey there, Bob Deeks from RDC Fine Homes. I'm back up at our site in Bear Creek in beautiful Whistler, British Columbia. We are just getting ready to fly in the first elements for the steel structure on this project that's built into the hillside here.

As you can see, the crane's just getting ready, we are in the process of getting our first-floor system installed, and we need a few steel elements to support it. Let's turn around, and we'll have a look at them flying in the first of these steel HSS (hollow structural section) posts.

Here, we can just see the first of our HSS posts starting to fly in here, as the guys are getting ready to assemble the floor joists for our TGI floor system (Trus Joist® TJI® joists) in our energy step code four home here. So very exciting to see some of these structural elements going in.

We need to get the floor system in here to brace our tall walls at the back there so we can finish off our insulated concrete forms. So we've got about a week and a half to get this floor system in, and then we can continue with our ICF, our insulated concrete forms work here and get up to the roof. We are probably about three to four weeks away from being able to put our roof trusses in and get this baby closed in.

So stay tuned, we'll come back as we get back to ICF works in a couple of weeks here."

UPDATE 5 (AUGUST 27, 2020)

Bob Deeks, RDC Fine Homes' President, provides an update and shows off some amazing views of the Whistler Valley from this new project.

Bob Deeks:

"Hey there, Bob Deeks with RDC Fine Homes. I am back up at our Bear Creek Step 4 project. The boys have been working hard over the last couple of weeks and we've got the main floor system in on the top floor. So I thought we would take a walk up there and see what the view is like from what will be the future kitchen, living room, dining room. So we'll turn around and I'll give you a little bit of an insight as to how far up the hill this top floor really is.

Here we are. We're at the bottom of the construction stairs and let's go up and we'll just see how far up this really is to get to the top floor of this four story project as we're marching up the stairs here as quickly as I can go just to give you an idea of how far up the hill this house really is. Here we are. We're at the bedroom level. And so we're about two thirds of the way up. Of course, there you got the view looking down the valley and we'll go inside and we'll go up the stairs to the next level.

Here we are. We're at the bedroom level and we're going to go up to the top floor, kitchen, living room, dining room, and let's see what the view looks from way up here. This is the first time that I've had a chance to come up and have a look at where we're at here. So that's the back wall of the house. The boys just poured that slab in there today. Bracing's still in place until we get the roof system in. And there you go. What a fantastic view. This is over the Whistler Valley. It's about 5:30 in the afternoon here in end of August."

Update 6 (October 29, 2020)

RDC Fine Homes' president Bob Deeks provides an update on our a new home construction project in Whistler's Bear Creek neighbourhood. This includes an update about preparing for structural steel assembly, shoring, and radon mitigation work.

Bob Deeks:

"Hey, Bob Deeks here from RDC Fine Homes, up here in beautiful Whistler, British Columbia. I am at our Bear Creek Energy Step Code 4 House. It's been a bit of a while since we've done a bit of an update here. As you can see, winter is starting to arrive, a little bit of snow on the ground. Today, we're going to have a look at the structural steel erection. Our radon mitigation is complete, just waiting for concrete there.

Steel guys should be here shortly, and we'll get a short video of the steel getting flown in. Right now, let's go up onto the main floor, and we'll have a bit of a look at some of the steel structure that's going in place. We are one week away from the trusses arriving and finally getting a lid on the project here.

What you're looking at here is all the shoring that is going in place for our Quad-Deck. That is an insulated structural slab that'll go on the roof of the garage and suite here to support the landscaping. That'll eventually go on top to somewhat hide the garage element of this four-story structure here. Boys are making good progress on getting all the shoring up. We are about a week or so away from installing the Quad-Deck and pouring the concrete slab.

Just in here, on the main floor, having a look at the radon mitigation install here. That gold fabric you can see is Radon Block from Radon Environmental. If you look closely, you can see that it is sealed around all our penetrations here. One, to prevent any ingress of radon gas, and then it's also acting as our air barrier underneath with our slab, which is really important for our overall airtightness. You can see that grey tape sealed around all the penetrations. Then, these forms that you see in the slab, that's there to... or slightly lower slab in the bathrooms, so when the tile setter comes in, they can custom slope all the showers. They'll build up the balance of the slab work in there when they apply their tile.

A good shot down there. Black tusk cranes just setting up to start lifting in a second load of steel here. They should be done at the end of the day. Down on the ground there, you can just see all the steel-lined up. Some really big beams and some more HSS posts ready to go. Shout out to Sea to Sky Welding and Bob the Welder for a great team effort here to get this stuff fabricated and make sure it all fits.

Looking forward to a successful day here, get all the rest of the steel in place, and then looking forward to trusses showing up next Tuesday, and finally getting a roof on this just in time for the winter snow. Hopefully, we're going to see some warmer temperatures this week. The snow will melt, and we'll be well on our way to moving on inside during the colder months here. Stay tuned for the next update next week, when the trusses arrive."

Update 7 (November 16, 2020)

RDC Fine Homes' president Bob Deeks provides an update on our a new home construction project in Whistler's Bear Creek neighbourhood. This includes an update about preparing for the installation of roof trusses and a quad deck insulated suspended slab system.

Bob Deeks:

"Hey, there. Bob Deeks from RDC Fine Homes. I am up here in a very damp and rainy Whistler, British Columbia. Early in November here, just waiting day-by-day for the snow to start falling. Keeping my fingers crossed that the snow falls a couple meters, a couple 100 meters above my head. The last thing we need right now is a meter of snow in the Valley. This is a calm before the storm. We are an hour or so away from having the roof trusses delivered. You can see the steel in the background is ready to accept all those roof trusses. So, pretty exciting three days here as the trusses get delivered this morning. And we start flying them up into place tomorrow morning. So I will be back on site first thing tomorrow to get a few shots of the crane lifting those in.

And we are really keeping our fingers crossed that we will beat the weather here, get those trusses in place, and get our roof membrane on before the snow really starts coming. You can also see the guys on that deck there. They are installing the quad deck, which is an insulated suspended slab system that will create the roof over the garage and suite area. Eventually, that will get landscaped to really obscure the bottom two levels from the top two levels. So looking forward to the development of that. And we are probably two or three weeks away from pouring that slab and getting that lid closed in.

So stay tuned for tomorrow. And if you want to follow along with the progress on this and other projects, then please subscribe to the (RDC Fine Homes) YouTube channel. Cheers. Down on the quad deck system that makes the roof of the suite over top of the garage, boys are making good progress on that. That's an expanded polystyrene structural slab system. You can see the steel grade beams in between the styrofoam there that creates the structural rigidity to support the way of the landscaping that'll go on top. And then of course, you can see all the trusses laid out down there on the roadway as they prep them, getting ready to fly them in.

Hey, Bob Deeks here. We're up in our BC Energy Step Code house in Bear Creek, and we are just flying the trusses in. You can see a truss coming in right now. This is truss number three, getting down on top of all our structural steel that went in last week from the update that you saw or you might've seen then. So as we look around here, you can see trusses just in place. And we've got about two days here. And we should see trusses in place and sheeting going down just in time to beat the snow that's forecasted about 10 days from now. So stay tuned. We'll come back. We'll have a look at what the house looks like with a roof in place."

Posted: Monday, August 10, 2020