We decided to put together some photos to create a timeline to show the progress we have made in a short time. Over the past year or so, we cleared all of the trees that would be in the way of constructing our villa. We also cleared all of the "garbage" vegetation located in our beautiful natural rock out croppings. In the picture on the right we left one tree because of its location. This tree was located approximately at the edge of the veranda and the "y" was the approximate height of the main level veranda. We left it until we were ready to break ground so we had a decent vantage point during the final planning stages.
|Once we were all ready to go, Denise got the honors to cut the tree.|
Time to bring in the heavy machinery. For all of you yankees on the mainland this is considered a relatively flat lot ha ha, The first part of the excavation was digging the two cisterns located underneath the ywo lower bedrooms.The picture below represents our first walls to be formed. The room on the left is the pump room and the other two rectangles are the two cisterns. We go up two stories from here.
|All ready for concrete. We laid down plywood so we could walk around while we poured the cistern walls. Notice the OSHA approved pvc concrete shoot/|
|Concrete is poured and stripped and ready for backfill.|
|Here we are finishing the back fill and then excavating footings for the main level. Once that is complete we have to form for the structural concrete slab. Another labor intense process.|
|All poured. Now its time to form the lower level walls!|
|another vantage point|
Once the walls are formed and braced , we get ready for the concrete pour. The amount of time and lumber to form all of this to be ready for concrete is staggering. And then once poured we have to tear it all down and strip it off the concrete
|Once stripped we backfill and begin preparations for the main level slab|
After many man hours, rebar and all of the plumbing and electrical piping we are again ready for another pour. This was one of our largest pours 100 ft long by almost 40 ft. Thats almost a tenth of an acre. Mind boggling actually
|The beginning stages of setting the forms for the main floor walls. The openings on the right represent the main entry|
|Once the forms are set we begin to frame the roof. This is the largest and most time consuming concrete pout|
|Turned out great! Below are some before and after photos.|