Beginning to Look Like a House

Before the interior can be created the existing concrete floor had to be broken up and removed. This was completed using a pick ax, see photo below.

When this was complete the creation of the half bath could begin under where the new stairs would be built. The terracotta tiles used in Portuguese architecture replace the wood studs we would typically use in the US. The chambers in the blocks can be knocked out to accommodate plumbing and electrical rough-in. They are not structural, holding up the building, they are used to create non-weight bearing walls.

The final layer of new plaster has been applied to the exterior walls. We are using a traditional method called a trawled finish. The walls will be painted white, the historical color of the village.

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