Rather than continue with the original contractor, we poached his Filipino carpenter and two labourers and took possession of all the woodworking tools on site and sent the crew down to the restaurant site to start building the cottages.
Whereas before their morale had been rock bottom (it was not unusual for them to wait months for their salaries), they are now a really cheerful bunch. Four weeks into the new job, now working for us, it was pay day and they were paid. The materials they need arrive on time and they get fed.
Normally I would be all over them, all but living on the site but because of this festering foot I can only visit occasionally. Running around on site giving them detailed directions is out of the question so they have largely been left alone to get on with the job.
|Four cottage bases and the walls going up. Eventually there will be twelve.|
|This will be an en-suite air conditioned double bedroom with sliding glass door leading onto a veranda|
|Charlie likes the windows. Who says windows should be square?|
|I was hoping my young quantity surveyor would give it the thumbs up |
but he was still in Ninja mode
|All the wood is raw from the sawmill and must be planed and thicknessed on site.|
This takes time, of course.
|A view to the restaurant. A bit of gardening in order as soon as I can walk again!|
|This is what it is supposed to look like when it is finished.|