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Week #23 — More brick walls, plaster, and form work

There are now a total of four teams that are working daily on the project: Construction crew 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 […]

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Week #22 — Staircases, finishing concrete, and more

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 […]

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Applying “plaster” cement

There’s a lot to learn when you are forced to switch what you know about building from the West, to Asia. Here in Indonesia there tends to be teams of workers who all support each other with a set of skills that define the group. For example, builders get the structure physically into place, but […]

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Week #21 — brick walls, “finishes”, and stairs

Finishes means applying or installing elements of the house that the guests will experience directly. Gone are the pipes and wires and unfinished surfaces. As the building continues to rise we are starting to see brick walls where air used to flow, and even concrete smooth finishes that cover up the brick. There’s even cutouts […]

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Time for a break, an Icy one

While it’s not easy to forget you’re in the tropics each and every day, it’s something else to work hour after hour doing physical labor in the intense heat. The above photo shows happy workers sucking on ice pops. A well-deserved break. Photo of our first official staircase, in process.