Plans are made, adjusted and negotiated, and then finally the workers are called so that something real comes of the plans. In this case its a lovely walking trail and bridge that connects two beaches.
The first of two bridge support runs are in place. The view across to Echo Beach.
Up close and personal with half of the bridge support. The view across to Pererenan Beach.
On the Echo Beach side there’s a lovely, curving path that leads to local food vendors, the famed La Brisa restaurant, and seafood grill operators.
Back at Pererenan Beach, only 800 meters from Ohana, workers are finishing up the concrete tile floor for a semi-circular welcome area. This entire project is shaping up nicely.
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.
Work continues without the interruption of rain, and I’m thankful for that. A few more workers have joined the team and you can see the expansion of camping arrangements in the movie below.
The creation of a stable pouring surface for a raised concrete floor, by connecting beams to columns and then using bamboo poles to support the weight is a major undertaking. Plywood needs to cover the entire surface so that wet concrete doesn’t fall onto the floor below. There can’t be any weak areas otherwise the floor will bend under the weight. And steel mesh and rebar has to be placed strategically throughout to bind the concrete to the steel for long-term strength.
Slowly we are seeing a building reveal itself, as the bamboo supports are taken away and moved to the next floor, as the structure rises.