A roof means many things, and with the rainy season approaching it simply means keeping the crew and the interior spaces dry. To be ready for a February opening we need to get ahead of the wet season.
This upcoming roof pouring (of concrete) will also be a ceiling for two guest bedrooms.
Because the building has a partial basement, the roof has two elevations: a lower one for the residential side and a higher one for the two upstairs guest apartments.
Photo: Our foreman Wayan and a worker doing a thumbs-up.
A rooftop bar is planned for guests only. By keeping the future poolside warung (cafe) and the rooftop bar private we don’t need business permits. They are facilities allowed as part of a Pondak Wisata license (a homestay with guest rentals and services).
The breezes that blow across the roof will be a welcome relief from the tropical heat. Having some shade, an ocean breeze, and a freshly made cocktail or beer will be a total delight!
There are now a total of four teams that are working daily on the project:
MEP crew (mechanical, electrical & plumbing)
Brick & plaster crew
Windows and doors
I am not even certain of the number of people altogether, since I haven’t visited the window and door manufacturer (as usual in Bali the products are custom made). My builder arranged for the quote.
In about five days the final pouring of the residential side of the building will take place, as well as the mezzanine level of the two upstairs guest units. Then a final pour for the guest roof and we will be in great shape!
The structure is changing rapidly now and it’s exciting to see the development on a daily basis. There were months when the progress was like this: holes dug in the ground, mud, then more holes, more mud; concrete and steel going into the holes, then more concrete and steel (don’t forget the mud); and finally a slab of concrete that covered up the holes and… lo and behold — a future parking area/basement.
Now we see brick walls and ceilings being covered with a form of cement plaster that will either go untouched or painted. We see stairs connecting one level to another. We see beams and plywood forms going into place for a flat concrete roof. And an electrical pole going in for our very own electricity.