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 #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 #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.

Read more here

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 #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.