Builders at workDecember 13, 2009
Sorting through some photos we came across a series taken by the builders while we disappeared off the island for four weeks during the renovations.
Note to people undertaking similar projects … its best not to wait until the morning before you leave to have vital conversations with workmen about things such as positioning of walls. In our defence we hadn’t appreciated they’d get to that point in the project until we got back. In their defence they had thought that they’d be able to call us if they had any essential queries. We’d met the builders through a friend in a neighbouring village; they’d worked on his property, a lovely old village house, during which point the owner was either in residence or working on contracts in obscure locations.
Their logic was that if they were able to contact him in Angola, with the sound of gunfire in the background as they discussed paint colours, then we would be equally contactable. What they failed to factor into the equation was that we were due to spend two weeks sailing across the Atlantic on the world’s largest sailing ship and for much of that time would be beyond all normal communication channels.
The misunderstanding, and the positioning of walls and the like, was dealt with quickly. As a result the builders were able to get on with building out the upper floor and replacing the doors and windows while we were gone.
The photo above shows one of the builder contemplating the work needed to tidy up the window opening before the new window was fitted. The new front door had recently been fitted. Looking closely at the top right of the photo you can see some of the smoke damage from the fireplace … more of that later no doubt.