Yes, there seems to have been another period of inactivity. The occasional day where someone was actually on site. It took the tiler about 2 months to complete the tiling as he would only turn up occasionally and maybe only stay for about 2 hours. Hardly enough time to get his tools out (
). Anyway, at last - the last few weeks have been all activity. I haven't been taking too many photos as I have been a bit busy. (Remember this person who retired over a year ago and was never going to work again? Well, I am now working 2 days a week and have had 2 months of solid work, which is not something I wish to repeat. 2 days suits me just fine).
So, back to the build. We had some lengthy negotiations regarding windows. We had decided that we definately wanted UPVC. The builder was going to arrange for various quotations as they did not really want to bring anyone they hadn't sourced on site. But after 2 months of nothing, we insisted that we at least contact someone we had heard about (with many thanks toi Chris - Judge). Lovely guy, came to measure and quote, left samples, met builder and they fortunately got on well, received quote that builder could not get close to for equivalent high-spec aluminium, gave him order and today - exactly 3 weeks after first meeting - he started fitting the windows which will be done by Tuesday. The windows are high-spec tropical quality so there should be no problem with the heat and sunlight. If anyone wants his contact details please send me a pm.
As for the tiling, there is still a little bit to finish in the bathroom. Had a mix up over the tiles, as the tiler half-tiled the guest bathroom with the wrong tiles, so after severe bo***cking from builder had to remove them and re-tile with the right ones. Am I glad that we were here and not in the UK!!!!!!!
All of the carpentry has been ready to go for the past month or so. The carpenter is SUPPOSED to be going in next week after the windows are finished to fit the kitchen and the wardrobes, along with the plasterer and painter. I CANNOT get my head around doing tiling and fitting windows before the final plaster finish is applied. Nor leaving the drainage works outside until the end. Groundworks on our barn in Wales were done first, not last. At least they have started on the retaining walls for the pool, but for the life of me I can't work out what that particular area is going to look like as the shuttering is such a strange shape.
We have been to Paphos today and have chosen the sinks and toilets for the bathrooms. If it is anything like the tiles it will probably take them another month to deliver them, but who knows.
I am now posting a few photos that I have taken:-
The first if the shuttering which is supposed to be for the retaining walls for the pool
The next one is on the outside front terrace, showing the construction of the external chimney. This will be stone faced, which has been started but again 3 bits of stone applied then no-one on site since (from last week)
This next 2 show the outside terrace and bbq area which sits between the bedroom "wing" and the living areas
Now the lounge area - with the beautiful tiling covered with debris. I have it on good authority (
) that all will be cleaned up perfectly
Now the bathrooms - first the en-suite "wetroom"
And finally the guest bathroom
Well, I think that is just about it and now all up to date. Hopefully we are still on target for late Summer, although I am sure that if they actually managed to get bodies working on site every day it would be finished by the end of July.
I will update next week when the windows are completed, and perhaps even the kitchen!!!!