This morning the trucks arrived to pour the concrete for the apron in front of the grand entrance. Once this has been completed there will be a raised area in front of the wide western side doors which will make a perfect stage for outside performances and events. Sheltered between the outside concrete waka panels with a decking area either side it will make a great 'outside room'.
What an exercise to get the concrete in to place! Long hoses and pumps and lots of men screeding off the surface as fast as they could all the while taking care not to cover the strips that represent the mooring ropes for our waka.
The upstairs mezzanine looks so spacious now that the windows and skylights are letting in the light and most of the building materials have been cleared away This will become a quiet upstairs reading and study space where serious students will be able to work in comfort with a wonderful overview of the downstairs area.
The long window will give a tempting glimpse down into the garden that will be outside the East lounge window.
It's still a hive of industry inside. Electricians, tilers, painters, carpenters all a busy as bees getting the job done. The light fittings look great and there are spotlights installed above one area which will make it easy to highlight special exhibitions.
Doors, leaning against the wall in a long row are all waiting to be installed. I suspect it is a serious logistical challenge co-ordinating all of the individual trades to make sure they don't hold each other up.
Timber framing which will become part of the wall for the beautiful Chinese themed garden on our South West corner is waiting to be erected. - As the saying goes - it's all coming together nicely!