Progress, at last

I feel like things are really starting to move now, since my last post, about six weeks ago a lot has happened.I finished all the internal insulation, got all of the electrical conduits and distribution boxes in, put a base coat of cement on all the walls and ceilings and…

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Been a while but…….

I have the excuse of being ridiculously busy. The builders handed the house over to me about four weeks ago and it has all been a bit mental since then. In order to keep costs down, certain parts of the project are to be done by me, and the part…

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Winter stuff

Tried out something new recently, snow trekking. This is basically walking through the mountains of the Apennines in winter using snow shoes. We have had a good dump of snow recently, not too much around the house, where it has been falling as rain, but above a 1000m it’s been…

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A (very) cold walk in the mountains

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The geography of Italy produces some very interesting results, it is widely considered that the food of the region is very much tied up with its topography. Much of the country is covered in mountains, like where we live, which is part of the Apennines. Living in or near mountains…

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I spoke too soon

I was a bit premature with my last blog, turns out there were a couple of things that had to be added. Namely this, which is the safety line anchor point for when someone is working on the roof. This is a new legal requirement for roof design. Everything is…

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The next floor goes in

In a similar process to creating the ground floor slab, wooden formers are used to create the shape of the next pour of concrete. The outer ring of reinforced cement is shaped by many pieces of wood, used in place by a multitude of fixings. Below the wooden structure shapes…

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Late October

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Well the boys are storming along, they are now at the level of the next floor up. The preparation now needs to be done to get ready for the next ring of reinforced steel that goes in at the first floor level. In addition to the top of the wall….

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Mid October

Things are moving pretty quickly, the base for the walls of the kitchen have gone in and the level of the walls has come over the retaining wall which can be seen above. And from this the size and shape of the house is starting to come together.

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