As expected, August was disrupted by holidays as are most things in Spain. By the beginning of September we were back up to full speed. The work has been focused on getting ready for the final phases which are going to be busy! We are due to move in at the end of December (though the work will not have finished) and there is still a lot to do. Plastering and tiling start at the beginning of October so they have been making sure everything is ready. The next month should see massive changes to the inside of the house.
We bought this wheelbarrow at the beginning of the build phase. It was yellow – yes really! Life started easily for it, a few logs and garden waste. It then moved onto carrying rocks as part of the stone wall building and now to cement. It does look very battered. I’m sure it is thinking “what did I do to deserve this?”.
Tecnovsol have continued to work on the underfloor heating. The pipes are now in place throughout the ground floor (this is the main entrance area) and so we are just waiting for the final self leveling screed (auto nivel) to go down. There are a lot of pipes and the team installed them very fast. We are looking forward to a toasty warm house!
This is the new terrace room roof. We have been amazed by how much difference this has made to the feeling of the building, strangely it feels more complete with it. The roof tiles are recycled tiles to match the rest of the house and it will look like a natural part of the building once it is complete.
The first shower tray arrives! They are made from crushed stone and resin and are very heavy. It took four people to carry them up the stairs. The shower trays need to be installed before the plastering can start. It feels quite exciting as these are part of the end result – almost everything else they have done so far inside will be covered up.
I’m used to installing doors in an existing house with frames already in place. Here, of course, there is just empty space. This door is one of many that Andrea bought in the UK. The carpenter made a new frame and they can’t build the wall around it until the door is in place. So they fix it in the right position and then build the wall. It does mean that, at this point, the door looks weird!