Kitchen tiles, wires, cork, & scaffolding

Orazio mounting the kitchen back splash tiles

Orazio mounting the kitchen back splash tiles

Although progress on the apartment seems to have slowed down a bit, things are still moving along. The next steps are depending on a sequence of events. The under-floor heating element for the bathroom needs to arrive before the bathroom tiles and fixtures can be installed. The electrician had to return to pull the electrical wires through the newly installed tubes. Now those areas need to be patched and a dry-wall of sorts needs to cover some of the elements in the ceiling. Soon, the painter will come to surface the walls. For now, the kitchen tiles have been installed. The kitchen itself will hopefully arrive by the end of the month.

Kitchen tiles glued, but not grouted yet

Kitchen tiles glued, but not yet grouted

Detail cuts around the electrical and gas switches

Detail cuts around the electrical and gas switches

The electrical situation looks a little bit third world, but will soon be covered with a slightly lowered ceiling where lighting will be inserted. This image below is looking up in the entry hall. The metal cover is protecting the gas line which leads from the gas meter just outside my front door to the water heater in the garden and to the gas stove top.

Electrical wiring in progress

Electrical wiring in progress on the ceiling

In the bathroom, the floor has been filled in and leveled with concrete and a 12mm layer of cork has been laid to cushion the floor heating element and insulate it from the ground.

Protective cork flooring in the bathroom

Protective cork flooring in the bathroom

And finally, in the back yard, the scaffolding is being installed for the condominium works to begin (of which I have been involved in a few late night rigorous condo meetings and discussions with my new neighbors). The roof needs some repairs as well as the crumbling balconies. Then the back façade will be repainted. Yes, this is costing me extra money I had not budgeted for when I purchased! “Welcome to the world of home ownership,” everyone tells me.

My share is determined by a report called millesimali (divided into 1000 units) made by a geometra who calculates the divisions of each home based on several characteristics such as square meters, location in the palazzo (level, position, etc.), and other technical details. Even though we are only 4 owners, we hired a condo administrator for a year to handle the accounting and paperwork.

Scaffolding to reach the roof and balconies

Scaffolding to reach the roof and balconies

The scaffolding is alarmed. Apparently, a few years ago, the neighboring building had scaffolding without an alarm and the building was broken into. Then, the intruders climbed over to our building and broke into the upper level apartment! Yep, I will have to get new security gates for my back door and window.

If all goes well and there isn’t a rainy period, the exterior works should be finished in 6 weeks. When completed, the scaffolding will have to be disassembled and escorted away through my apartment which will, for the most part, be finished by the end of May. I plan to move June 1, so I will have to live with workers in and out of my home to access the back yard for a few weeks…c’est la vie.

At least I have some red roses blooming in my garden!

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