Saturday, March 20, 2010
The car thermometer read 48C when we left the site at 4.30pm so goodness knows what the top temperature was today. The roofers were relaxing in the shade of their makeshift tent made of metal roofing panels and all work on the roof seemed to have been suspended, presumably because the heat was too much. In contrast, thanks to the insulation, the Hyner house interior was relatively cool and through open windows there was a refreshing breeze.
Gina relaxed opposite the site when we visited this morning so this blog starts with her photograph.
As usual I pottered around taking photos of progress. Up on the deck the first floor tiles were being laid. While we were there this afternoon the foreman asked us to select from two pebble samples for the steps of the spiral staircase to the viewing deck.
We watched as the first security grilles were tested for fit to the bedroom 2 window. Inside the living room the welder had already constructed a number of similar grilles.
The perimeter wall is progressing nicely. More steel was delivered today to further strengthen the cross-beam structure and posts and binding supports will be added shortly. It is costly in terms of 10mm an 12mm steel rods but absolutely essential because of the weight of the backfill at the sides and the back where it will be 1.6 metres above ricefield level. At the front the difference in height is only around 0.4 to 0.6 of a metre.
A molding has started to appear around the entrance to the dirty kitchen from the open laundry area.
Work on the kitchen is expected to take another two weeks.
More security grilles are welded on the floor of the living room. It’s a good job that the living room/dining room area is big as it provides plenty of space for this kind of preparation.
Glass is in place to the side of the lanai doorway. Security grilles and steel door to be added.
This is the view from the viewing deck. While much of the vegetation is green el nenyo has left much of the ricefields brown as the irrigiation could not deliver sufficient water. Some of our rice will be OK, however, as we were able to pump water from nearby fishponds that are supplied by underground water. It’s amazing that even after such a long dry spell there still seems to be plenty of underground water.
Note the mountains in the distance. These are more visible some days than others.
Mangligot house waits patiently for attention while the focus is on the main house. Soon it will receive its own roof and external finishing.
The front wall grows and soon will receive steel railings.
Justin may not talk a lot yet but he can smile and can do ear-splitting screams when he doesn’t get his own way. This is an improvement on the earlier headbanging but not a lot.