December 2013 – Cement Plaster and Stone Works

We stop the construction for almost 6 months because we are short in fund and we have to recover from the money that we spend on the first phase of the construction.

Plastering of walls will consume a huge amount of cement, in this process the hallow blocks will be covered, to smooth the surface in preparation for the paint.

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While the exterior looks promising, the interior was the total opposite.

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We hire a different mason and master carpenter to put the finishing plaster to the entire house, because uncle Victor was not available during that time.

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Plastering is the process of adding mix cement to the wall, covering all the construction sins and to make it smooth. About 1″ of plaster were added to the interior walls.

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The entire walls will be covered with cement plaster, the dark gray cement will eventually turn into a light gray when fully dry.

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Bedrooms with cement plasters and tools to smooth the cement walls.

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Plastered bedroom walls.

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More plastered walls.

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This guy is working at the back, he is done with the dirty kitchen.

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While the other is working on the front, adding a frame to the windows. It will accent the siding that will be added later. Amazing craftmanship!

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This kind of technique needs a mad skill from an experienced carpenter.

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We wanted to style the house with traditional sidings, but this house was made of cement, making the siding using cement would took a lot of time and practice. So, our skilled carpenters suggested that they would carve lines and make it look like a wood.

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This is the view from the other side. Look how amazing it was! Looks like a legit wood pattern and texture to me.

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The siding at the back looks awesome as well.

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For the stone works, we choose these Moroccan inspired bricks.

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These bricks will be put in the front of the house to add style and accent to the whole design.

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The 3 column of the porch will also have the stones. I saw this style in different western style houses, and we wanted to incorporate this to our porch.

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Stone works are almost done, we choose this neutral color stones to make it less distracting and to make the ambiance of the yard calming. We also wanted to paint the house with light gray and white to accent the blue roof and the bricks.

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My wife is happy because she’s done sweeping the dried mango leaves.

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The view of our bungalow from the outside. 🙂

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