One minute of workers working

These 19 seconds shows about a typical minute of work. The clip is running at 4X normal speed.

While everyone in this clip is actively working, I should mention that due to the heat the workers do take several breaks throughout the day, in addition to lunch. Their pace is still quite impressive considering the tropical setting.

If you multiply the effort in this tiny movie by over 100,000 minutes that crews of various sizes have been working on this project, then you’ll get some idea of the total work.


Week #33 — 50 workers

We are ramping up to get the finishes done. We have workers encamped from three villages, an electrical & plumbing crew, and a team making custom windows and doors.

You can imagine that labor must be cheap and you’d be correct. There’s a lack of electrical tools since saving a few minutes on each task may not seem worth it. But if it was up to me I’d upgrade to electric as the benefits seems to outweigh the capital cost. But I try to go with the proverbial flow and not demand that my builder change his ways.

Today you can see our kitchen and island coming together. You will be able to join a cooking class and learn how to make amazing Indonesian food.


Week #32 – Tile floors & the kitchen sink

We have reached a point where the latest work on the project is bringing a sense of aesthetic and completeness. While not a single room is actually finished, there are pieces of the puzzle that are coming together.

My builder has completed a couple of his other projects and is now more focused on “getting the job done” as well.


Week #30 — staircases to heaven & a warung

Construction sometimes seems like a never-ending process. And here in Indonesia you never quite know which workers will show up on any given day. In essence it’s a bit of a mystery to figure out the logical progression of day-to-day tasks.

My builder does his best to help me understand the process but there is much unsaid, and you have to use a certain amount of faith that it will all come together and look amazing.