Launch Slideshow

Image

Building a Dream

Building a Dream

  • Image

    http://www.theconcreteproducer.com/Images/tmp35C%2Etmp_tcm77-1296041.jpg

    Image

    300

    To build his dream home in a housing development overlooking the Potomic River, Baltimore-area builder Lewie Bloom used precast concrete to beat a restrictive height requirement.

  • Image

    http://www.theconcreteproducer.com/Images/tmp35D%2Etmp_tcm77-1296042.jpg

    Image

    300

    Architect Robert Gurney not only used concrete plank flooring to create a wide-open space, he incorporated the exposed look as part of the ceiling.

  • Image

    http://www.theconcreteproducer.com/Images/tmp35E%2Etmp_tcm77-1296043.jpg

    Image

    300

  • Image

    http://www.theconcreteproducer.com/Images/tmp35F%2Etmp_tcm77-1296044.jpg

    Image

    250

    Supported by a concrete plank floor, the construction crew used concrete elements to complete the cantilevered pool overlooking the Potomac River.

  • Image

    http://www.theconcreteproducer.com/Images/tmp360%2Etmp_tcm77-1296045.jpg

    Image

    300

    A view of the rear of the house from the kitchen.

Adding more room

Using the hollowcore flooring system, the builder was able to achieve clear spans of 28 to 30 feet and add up to 8 more inches to the ceiling heights throughout the house, without using columns or steel beams. “This means there will be enough space to have a pool table in the basement, or even an indoor swimming pool,” says Bloom.

The concrete floor provided another advantage. In addition to column-free space and higher ceilings, Bloom also wanted marble and terrazzo floors throughout, which would not have been economical with a wood sub-floor system, due to potential cracking.

The builder also opted to upgrade the stone by using 2-inch concrete topping and a radiant heating system. “When people are building their dream home, they want to able to look at what they build without obstructions and they don't want 8-foot ceilings,” says Bloom.

Bloom's project is recognized nationally. It received an Honorable Mention in Hanley Wood's CUSTOM HOME magazine's 2008 Design Awards.

Frances S. Edgar is Nitterhouse Concrete Products' marketing coordinator. To learn how Nitter-house markets concrete flooring to the design-build community, please visit www.nitterhouse.com.