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 #34 — massive progress

This is the kind of week where if you turn your head one way, and then back, someone has done something to your building and so hurry and check it out.

Our kitchen, dining, and living room now have wall murals that are a delight to behold (I know I’m biased).

Terrazzo began. Painting began on the rear of the building.

Lights and plugs were installed in more than a few places.

The main staircase was built.

Pool tile work began.

Etc


The lone artisan

It’s not often to find solitary workers in the building trade in Indonesia, as helpers are so easy to come by. But our terrazzo artisan is running solo.

I wanted to use terrazzo on the floors and stairs but after interviewing terrazzo contractors and seeing their work, I concluded that it’s a pretty high maintenance item. Best to use it sparingly.


One minute of workers working

These 19 seconds shows about a typical minute of work. The clip is running at 4X normal speed.

While everyone in this clip is actively working, I should mention that due to the heat the workers do take several breaks throughout the day, in addition to lunch. Their pace is still quite impressive considering the tropical setting.

If you multiply the effort in this tiny movie by over 100,000 minutes that crews of various sizes have been working on this project, then you’ll get some idea of the total work.