Tuesday, December 16, 2008
So, what the heck has gone on with the house since then? Not much actually. They laid the first layer of concrete for the floor, but other then that....zilch. Alex went to check it out this morning, and apparently it was just too boring to even photograph. He will need to meet with the architect this week to make some logistical decisions and then the guy who will reinforce the walls for earthquakes etc... will be able to get going.
Other news, Sianna is doing great, adjusted back to the time just fine. My operation went well, despite the riots and the strikes, and the baby in waiting did just fine too. Alex is exhausted, since I am unable to do as much, for the time being. Kisses and happy holidays from us, we will post again once more happens regarding the house.
Monday, November 10, 2008
Before we left for Florida, the rest of the demolition was pretty much finished. Here are 2 of the workers in the main room. You can see the line behind the guy in the blue shirt, which is where the wall had been. The floor is higher behind him, and that will be leveled while we are away.
The main room from the other side .
The rubble that is left from the ceiling demolition of the guest room.
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Friday, November 7, 2008
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Saturday, November 1, 2008
What the heck is this? A tiny bomb shelter? A metal barrel to go over the falls in? Whatever it is, it has become a landmark and we can not get rid of it, as this is how the workers find the house...given that there are no house numbers.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
The worker(s), was able to remove most of the crumbling plaster from the stone walls, and much to our relief, it appears that they are in fairly good condition. However as was pointed out by the contractor, they are more mud than stone :-(, but appear to be sturdy nonetheless. They will be reinforced with a steel mesh, and a concrete "crown" that will tie the walls together for added safety and quake proofing. Although the fact that they have been standing for the last 200+ years should be proof enough of their stability.
We also had our first encounters with public utilities these last 10 days. Namely the electric, water, and telephone companies. I have to confess my amazement on how smoothly (and gasp, even timely) things have gone. Especially if you consider that there is no street address to give them in order to locate the house. So we were able to get power hooked up, a new water meter installed and relocated, and the phone lines moved to prepare for the demolition of the first floor structure.
So now it is time to bring in some more serious machinery, in order to demolish the room on the first floor, as well as the ceiling of the guest room and bathroom. Hopefully without bringing down the other structures. Keep your fingers crossed for us!
* Just a quick note to avoid confusion: In Europe the ground floor is the ground floor, and NOT the first floor, as it is usually referred to in the States. The first floor refers to the first floor you reach as you go up the stairs, and NOT the second floor that the Americans know. I am sure this cleared things up!
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
This is the upstairs room in the "newer" building. The wall with the door will be pushed back to create a larger room, and bath area for Sianna.
These exterior stairs will be removed and the room on the ground floor will become the guest room with private bath.