Before I get distracted and mindlessly type a long introduction paragraph for this post, I'll get this out of the way first. THIS HAPPENED LAST THURSDAY!!!
Yep, a very big cement mixer truck, backed up on the driveway, poured ready-mix cement on our make-shift container, and stayed there from 11am-4pm until we finished pouring cement for the first batch of posts and beams. YAY!
We've been eagerly waiting for that day to come. It's the day where our third floor addition will be officially part of the house. It will not just be formworks, nor steel bars poking out, it will be solid concrete connected to the original columns.
Originally, we're planning to have a pumpcrete directly pour to the posts/ beams, but upon inspection, it is too big of a job for our teeny construction. So, we did a line-up of I believe 18 people to pour the concrete (1 pail at a time, or 30. We have 30 pails!) from the front of the garage, to our end-unit apartment.
Side note: a BIG BIG THANKS to my aunt and her family for gifting us the cement. It's their business, and they accommodated our very small order of 5 cubic meter. I can imagine they get orders a LOT MORE than that. They could have sent their truck to their big building projects, but no, they spared that day for us and didn't even ask for anything. THANK YOU AKOH!!! :) (I'm not even sure if she reads the blog, but heck, we really feel grateful so I'm spreading the positive vibe.)
So anyway, two months is where we're at. This is a different photo perspective from our one-month post, which is the facade. But you can't see much detail from there so I'm presenting to you, the roof-top perspective.
This was almost a month in. As you can see the frames for the third floor addition was already in place.
On week 6, the steel bars and forms for all the posts were all there. But no forms yet for the beams.
This is where we're at right now. They've already removed most of the plywood forms, and the concrete posts and beams are now visible. You have no idea how all those cement excites me. Like, it's another step closer to completion. A milestone if you may. For a long period of time, all I see were steel bars, cocolumbers, and plywoods. Now this.
When we went up the roof the other day, I turned to the bf and said "Yuseff, semento o!" Like it's the most amazing thing I've seen. Haha... But really people, milestone!
And as it turned out, I've got another surprise today. We have floors! Well not really the floors itself of course, but the wood beams where we'll place the flooring for the loft. Look!
I seriously wanna go up there but I contained myself because of obvious reason. I can't, I physically can't. Haha.. I'm not the most flexible, athletic, fit person out there, so I better stay out of the way.
They installed the loft floors this soon since they'll be needing it to do the frames/ and forms for the next batch of post and beams for the loft level. This is a much smaller job than the first concrete pour, there's only a sliver of post and beam remaining on the to-do list.
Some of you who are familiar with construction will probably find our progress a little on the slow side, and it really is. We have this neighbor who looks like they're constructing a very big building who's doing so much faster than us. One minute there's an old house, then the next minute there's an empty lot, and now there are about twenty huuuuge concrete columns in there. Fast! But they have about 30 people working night and day, so there's that. We have about 3-4 people working 8-5. I'll share all details on how we chose our contractor and what's our work/construction set-up on another post.
But for now, WE HAVE CEMENT, that is all.