Now, not only is the earth being moved, it’s being reinforced by a technique called terra armata, which I described and illustrated in an earlier post. Steel grids are inserted into the slope and on the face of the slope. They provide a structure to keep the earth in place.
Anne continues to be concerned about our ability to plant on the slopes with the terra armata grids in place, but we continue to get reassurances that we’ll be fine: bushes and trees can be planted.
The top floor terrazza is being finished, as are the roof sections near the terrazza.
Inside, they have started putting a skim coat of concrete on top of the underfloor heating pipes. When finished, it needs to cure for 10 days or so. Then they will start laying the floor tiles.
Work is continuing to try to address that bugaboo land slope issue. Kevin reports that the situation seems much improved. It’s almost impossible to tell from pictures, as we can’t assess the steepness of the slopes or the width of the land terraces very well. However, it looks better in front of the house, but I’m not yet sure if they are building land terraces with a descending path at one side or with a path that “snakes” across the slope.
As part of this work, they’ve needed to relocate some olive trees from the front of the house. They are supposed to be very hardy, but on our last visit I noted a few transplants that looked pretty sickly. We will hope for the best.
Since the portico columns are now built and faced with stone and brick, they are adding the beams to support the roof. The main cross beams and the side beam are in place. Next should come some cross beams and the support structure for the roof.
Also, they are working on building the top floor terrazza and the small roof sections that cover the ground floor areas that aren’t under the main roof. There is also a “false” peaked roof that is above the flat ceiling in the kitchen. The construction of these roof sections is just like that of the main roof: Poroton blocks, rebar, and concrete.