Building the Roof Deck With Ipe

Project: Waterfront Warehouse Rehab, Episode 11, Part 4



Work continues in the penthouse bathroom. First comes the installation of a unique new tankless toilet from Toto USA. Called the Neorest 600, it's an "intelligent" unit, which is self-cleaning and offers hands-free remote controls.

With the toilet in place, the installation of the marble sink top and Toto USA vanity is next. Also in the bathroom is a Toto USA Baldwin Suite soaking tub that's been set into a custom-built stainless steel surround.

As the bathroom takes shape, Bob heads to famed Coney Island with Borough President Marty Markowitz to get a closer look at this historic section of Brooklyn.

Back on location, Bob takes a quick look at the progress being made on the roof deck.
Part 1: Toto Low-Flow Toilet
Part 2: Antique-Look Bathroom Sink, Soaking Tub, and Quartz Tile Installation
Part 3: Touring Coney Island
Part 4: Building the Roof Deck With Ipe
Bob watches the ongoing installation of the roof deck, which is being built woth a sustainable tropical hardwood decking called Ipe.

The wood is so hard that conventional nailing is impossible. Contractors must first drill a hole through the decking into the pressure-treated support structure. Next, coated exterior screws are countersunk to secure the decking.

The joists for the decking are pressure treated and shimmed with Cedar, and the deck is stepped onto two levels, allowing a slope.
Bob Vila heads to the DUMBO neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY, for this project involving an abandoned warehouse built in the mid-19th century. Bob's adaptive reuse will yield three ultra-hip apartments with commercial space at street level. Project manager is Bob's oldest son, Chris Vila, who helps guide this complete rehabilitation of a beat-up building in the city that never sleeps.

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