We started with the walls, as usually made from hollow blocks, on December 9 and now after 4 weeks it's almost finished, only some small walls of the bed room downstairs have to be done next week.
However, most of the time was spent on preparing the supporting coco lumber for the second floor.
It's amazing how strong these walls are when finished, if you know how fragile the hollow blocks are. The reason is simple: 1) steel bars are included - vertically and horizontally - and 2) the cement that is used is strengthening the hollow blocks, like gravel is strengthening cement in concrete.
Also openings for doors and windows are simply made with some coco lumber supports and a lot of steel, which is later again connected to the beams that will cover most of the walls.
See my picture show below.
|Starting the clean kitchen and storage room|
|Dining room, with counter bar window in the back|
|Adding concrete to the column of the clean kitchen|
|Maid's room and dirty kitchen finished|
|Back side view dirty kitchen and dining room (to be done)|
|Living room, notice the steel for the beam that will support the stairs|
|Bath room of the ground floor bedroom|
|View from the backside, left the maid's room, |
middle dining and bed room, right living room
|Living room, the column will be removed |
and replaced by 2 other columns
|Stairs area with the toilet in the back|
|Living room, small window and exit to the porch|
|Counter window in dining room|
|Window front side, will extend into second floor|
|Beam construction for the stairs support|
|View front side, with the entrance butterfly door, |
notice the bikes of the workers