And now a quick set of long-overdue photos of the ongoing construction work. I know I should have posted something weeks ago, but every time I was about to put some pictures up, I was tempted to wait for just one more development!
Our builders have done a great job. They’re nearly finished, and soon it will be up to us to get some timber frames happening.
The concrete foundation slabs went down in four stages: first a rough layer of concrete directly onto the ground. That makes a base for reinforced concrete beams that will go under the load-bearing walls .
The slabs were big enough that it wasn’t possible just to dump concrete directly from the truck, so the pumping truck was called in as well for most of the pours.
The third stage was to dump heavy railway gravel into the gaps between the concrete support beams: this sets up a good base for the finished slab . The gravel truck deliveries were dramatic, and the driver did well to get the truck into every corner where stone was needed.
Meanwhile our animal comrades have become very interested in the building process.
Sirem in particular has been really busy acting as site foreman, but we’ve also made time for a few other jobs. Some neighbours invited us to harvest their pomegranate tree (long story). It took longer than we thought — lots of standing up a ladder and getting scratched. But the pomegranates are fantastic and make a disturbingly healthy-looking juice.
We also put the finishing touches on our hügelkultur raised bed, which should make for lots of good vegetable options next spring.
And with colder nights coming in, I thought I had better build one more dog house for Tito (the dog who is not really our dog but just a stray who lives outside our gate and gets fed by us a lot).
The final part of the concrete work was pouring the 15cm-thick top slabs that will become the floor of each building. The plumbing all seems to be in the right place so far.
And the swimming pool. We know that in summer, life will centre around the pool for our guests, so we’re keen to do it right. And the builders have been fantastic. (We’re happy to recommend them, if any Turkish readers are thinking about getting a pool built.)
Finally a couple of sunset photos so you can see what the winter light is looking like now.