Construction crews have now built all of the columns for the final ceiling / flat roof. Once the columns are up then the workers start to connect beams from column to column. From there they place bamboo sticks every foot or so to support a plywood base for the concrete pour (in approx. 12 days). […]
An exciting week here in good old Pererenan. We’ve been fortunate to stay ahead of the rainy season and cover half of the building with a roof. The other half is about two weeks away. In the meantime we have a crew for building brick walls and then plastering them. When needed the mechanical, electrical […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.