So Oretani wildlife has been moving along with the guest accommodation here at Casa Oretani. We left off some time ago with the metalwork of the beams over the dining room of our house. Since then the building has moved on quite well. The roofs are all done, the floors poured, wiring and plumbing going in and the Parklex façade. So here’s a pictorial of how it has come on.
We were affected by some rain again. It has been the wettest spring for donkeys years. So of course it rained as we were doing the welding.
So then when the rain stopped we could pour some roofs and balconies!
When the balcony was done, we could start on the bedroom over the kitchen.
Swallows arrived of course during the spring and started building nests in the house. Every day, it broke my heart to take down this one nest which the tried building 4 or five times. I had to do it, since the chicks would be there long after windows and doors were put in and so I figured it best to remove the nest before it dried and had eggs in it. Next year I will make it up to them.
Now we can put a roof over the stair well.
And while we´re on the topic of roofs, this is the Thermochip insulation we are putting in. Its a chipboard top with foam insulation and you can choose various underneath finishes. We chose plaster so we can paint it as any more wood would be a clash with the wood floors.
Put up some beams for the roof on the guest house.
Our lovely old beams that I sanded for the thermochip.
Putting the insulation on the guest house.
Then re-use the old tiles.
This all means that when you come to stay at Casa Oretani for your birding holiday here in Spain you will be snug and warm in winter, and cool in the summer. Meanwhile outside the guest house we needed a bit of a tidy up to get some scaffolding up for the façade of the guest house. Some skimming with concrete, apply a water repelling film of superstuff and put up some supports for…
…the Parklex. It’s a real wood “High-density stratified timber panels for external use” according to their website.
So what’s been going on inside? Well the markings for the plugs and switches and plumbing were made and the recesses in the walls for the tubing knocked out.
The plumbing has come along and there was for a time a toilet for use downstairs placed over a pipe. Flushing was with a bucket of water.
The wiring has been run through the tubes.
The control boxes for the underfloor heating go in.
Create some arty underfloor heating patterns…
…and cover it up.
And when the day is done the guys are very tidy and the wheelbarrows get parked in the official designated area.
Of course in between all this we do have to have a few team meetings.
So it really is coming along well at the moment. There were some hiccups along the way, but as I always say, there’s more than one to to skin a cat and all seems to be moving along comfortably. Stay tuned.