For certain jobs the workers can only handle one bucket of concrete at a time. But slowly and most certainly the job gets done.
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.
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.
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.
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.