When we last showed you pictures of Bethany and Larry’s house the workmen were welding the I-beams to support the second floor and bearing walls. Just four days later I returned to the site and found that all of the I-beams were in place, most of the panels for the second floor were set, and many of the interior wall panels had been mounted in place. The house looked like this on March 22nd.
Even with the panels, work progresses slowly as each panel needs to be wired to the next and secured to the columns.
Even after my recent experience with ladders and falling, I braved a short climb up a rickety wooded ladder to get this shot of the early stages of the second floor.
I returned to the site five days later on the 27th and found that all of the remaining interior walls were in place and most of the electrical and plumbing lines had been installed.
The stairway to the second floor had been formed and the workers were busy tying corner wire mesh to all of the corners and stair treads.
I think the workmen on this home live in Manta and progress slowed a bit during Semana Santa (Easter week) as the workmen returned home to be with their families. I expect that we will see a lot of progress in the next couple of weeks as the concrete is applied to all of the walls and the rooms take shape.
More to come soon!
Life is good in Ecuador!