Week #35 — Pool tile saga begins & more

Work continues on many fronts. What I thought might be a five day job — tiling the swimming pool — turns out to be a major underestimation. It will probably be 15 days or so.

Our mural artist Maria is knocking it out of the park with her enchanting artwork. I am excited to see each wall come together.

Onward!


Week #28 – Bali workers take a break

The Balinese crew went back to their two villages to celebrate Galungan:

The spirits of deceased relatives who have died and been cremated return to visit their former homes, and the current inhabitants have a responsibility to be hospitable through prayers and offerings.

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The crew from Java is staying on the property, as they are Muslim and don’t celebrate the Hindu holiday.

So finishing work continues: brick and cement plaster, shower tile, plumbing and electrical, drainage work, and some ceiling work to hide pipes in the kitchen & dining room:


Week #27 – major milestone

We were able to complete the entire external structure this week. All of us felt a strong sense of relief, as this is the rainy season and it could have been a muddy and delayed effort.

Now the rain will not impact the majority of the finishing work, which is already well underway.


The art of the unfinished

There’s an artistic side to an unfinished building.

As much as I want to finish this project and share this amazing location with a guest such as yourself, there is something to be said for taking a moment to appreciate the awesome achievements taking place each and every day.

One day a staircase starts, another a brick wall. Another day a custom-made door or window is installed. A seemingly mundane column or beam is wrestled into place in the tropical heat.

Sometimes it’s a passing moment: clothes from construction workers drying on a line in the empty, future pool. Red dust spread across the floor from brick that had to be reduced in size, in order to squeeze between the top layer of bricks and the support beam.

It’s all a wonder…


Week #26 — multi-tasking mania

Photos tell one type of story but by the time the photo is taken there could have been a whole series of decisions leading up to it that were not photographed.

For example this photo:

shows electric wiring, but in the wrong location. Part of the problem resulted from language barriers. Other parts from relying on a computer drawing that was misinterpreted.

This is just one of numerous behind-the-scenes activities that take place each day.

With four teams working simultaneously there’s new things happening each day and along with the excitement is a certain amount of anxiety that the tasks are being executed properly.

And then there’s the fact that I want changes to the original plans at times, and those changes have to be drawn and handed over to a team. It can be a bit like the telephone game that perhaps you played as a kid, where you whisper something into the ear of the kid next to you and then 12 kids later the story is completely different.