Happy Monday! Happy indeed, as the works are nearing to an end. Or who knows, while BF was away, we nearly lost a whole week of work.
They were building a small extension to the main house to serve as storage, and had clear instructions on how things should go. Pour concrete on the floor, build three walls (the fourth is against the house), get a roof between the walls. They managed to pour so much concrete that my hand washing sink is now so low I break my back when I wash clothes, hang what should be a (solid) roof structure from the main house’s roof, weakening the whole structure, and other little mistakes that made us furious when we saw them. Since BF was away I didn’t know exactly what he ordered and lacked the words to explain how things should be, but when they asked for the remainder of payment last Friday, I told them it was not finished, which was true, and our deal was no pay until completion. Good thing because they had to take the whole roof down and do it again when BF came back.
That is the future storage room with the washing area barely higher than my blue bucket. We don’t know why the contractor poured so much concrete, just that it was expensive and wasteful, and resulted in impracticalities.
This storage area is hidden from our living area by this traditional wall of wood and little stones. Watching the handyman putting stones one by one to fill the walls was about as painful as when he was watching paint dry last week, I think he talked to every one of them and assured them they would live a happy little stone life ever after.
On the roof terrace, the new kitchen top is ready, with a sink and a smoke room (those wooden doors at the end) so we can lit fire and smoke some meat. The fire also warms the shower downstairs to do a sauna.
There were many other mistakes, the next big one was a guy destroying the floor because the door he had made was too big for the door frame. I told him to adjust the door to the house and not the other way around but he thought 6am was the perfect time to take initiative, and by the time I got there around 630am the damage was mostly done. We will have to varnish the whole floor over again, something we do because it requires attention to detail.
One more source of concern is the construction materials seem to go as fast now that we are just finishing off the house as they did when we were in full construction swing. Pretty sure one or all the workers occasionally go back home with bags of concrete and other stuff. A bag of concrete is worth one day of their salary, and can always be used on other construction sites. The workers on a nearby house came over to offer us some stones that they would steal from the house owner! We thought we wouldn’t have to go through this since we are on site, but I am pretty sure it is happening anyway. And for a bag of concrete I won’t spend two months guarding the door, and doing deep searches every time someone goes out. I simply hate hypocrisy and their big smiles to my face when they come in the morning.
Moving on, to good news. We have moved from the house to the new room!
There was a lot of stuff to move,
then it was tidy… for a little while, still with the undersized mattress.
The view (it is very hard to take a picture that does it justice) makes me want to stay in bed all day
The undersized mattress received a frame to fit it over the concrete bed, we used the bed it came with (since apparently you can’t buy just a mattress) and cut to L shapes to fit around the mattress. That is the blue stuff around the mattress.
At the foot we made a nice wooden coffer to store bed sheets and towels.
It is made with a lovely local wood, and we put a bed header too so we don’t bang our heads against the stones.
The room is deliciously cool, no need for AC so far, the stones and earth around the walls do a great job at keeping it fresh during the day.
The walk in closet is now full of stuff too!
Since we aren’t living in the house anymore, we bathed the thatched roof in poison to get rid of all roaches and scorpions, painted our old room fresh for our Easter guests, re-arranged the beds, deep cleaned the kitchen… it all looks very nice .
We have also taken the boat on a few rides, after having motor problems since the boat was too high for the helices of the motor to reach the water. We found a guy who had a bigger motor, older but it does the job, and traded it with him. BF brought some metal frames to fit a roof on the boat so we even have shade… and a sail! The last time we went out we lowered the roof’s cloth toward the prow of the boat, the wind came in and sailed us a couple of miles along the shore! It was lovely without the motor noise. And BF bought a fishing cane and tried his luck, but no luck. He has since been on a couple of trips with the workers at sunset but hasn’t caught a thing! The workers got a couple of fish, but they are bottom feeders so we avoid eating those kinds.