Ministry Home Roofing, Ceilings & Finishes
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2 Corinthians 9:7
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Here are some pictures from the roofing and ceilings phase of the ministry home.
The process used to construct the concrete ceilings of the ministry home is very interesting. Boards were used to create a grid of 18 in x 18 in squares and then wire was nailed to. The cement is mixed on the concrete foundation, shoveled into empty cement bags, lifted up into the attic space and then taken to the area where they are pouring the concrete into the squares. The concrete mixture is put on the chicken wire material. Some of the concrete falls through so tarps are placed on the floor to collect the concrete that has fallen. It is then reused to save on material costs. NOTE: Arinda is in the first photo here. Arinda is the project's site manager and remains on the property full time.
The roofing process was so interesting to watch! The sheets are 28 gauge corrugated aluminum iron sheets. The person on the roof measures the size of iron sheet that is needed. The guy on the ground measures the length of the sheet and then uses a sample sheet to get the exact angle measurement. He then marks the iron sheet with a nail and then hand cuts the sheet. Once the worker on the roof gets the new sheet, he aligns it properly with the previous iron sheet and then nails it in place. It will take 4-5 days to completely cover the roof with the iron sheets. The house is approximately 3,400 square feet.
The roof and ceiling phase is now complete!!! The house really looks like a house now.
We did a complete walk through of the house with Patrick, the electrician, to confirm and add electrical sockets and lights. Moses, the plumber, was also on site to confirm the water outlets for the placement of sinks, toilets and showers.
One day we met with the carpenter to select the wood for the door frames. We also decided on the design of the dining room chairs, kitchen table and the interior doors. We decided to give specific measurements for the dining room chairs as my feet clearly do not touch the ground when sitting in this chair. LOL
We made a trip to downtown Kampala to visit shops for ceramic tile and countertops. Many tiles here in the shop were imported from Italy and out of our budget. LOL. We chose two different floor tiles: one for the bathrooms and one for all of the other rooms. We also chose the ceramic baseboard and the tile for the kitchen's backsplash. We left that shop and visited a nearly shop to pick out the countertops for the kitchen.
We made another trip to downtown Kampala to look at bathroom and kitchen sinks, faucets and toilets. Too many choices and so many decisions!
On one of our trips downtown, we also visited a lighting shop to select light fixtures for the inside and outside lighting.
Jackfruit trees are plentiful on the property, and the workers are enjoying them. The "live" fence around the ministry home perimeter is growing well. This property is so beautiful! We give God all the glory for leading us to this specific property after four years of searching.
The plastering of the ceilings has begun and will soon be completed. This was a fun day to be visiting the DLM ministry home.
The carpenter finished the wooden door frames, and they are now installed. Glass will be added to the top portion of the door frames.
Random pictures from the construction site.
Our project site manager, Arinda, is doing an excellent job keeping inventory in the storehouse. He also calls this place home while he is living on the property.
On this shopping trip we find ourselves back in downtown Kampala to purchase interior door handles with locks, door hinges, and hardware for cabinets. The price of 6.5K for the handle is 6,500 Ugandan shillings; the USD price is about $1.85 per handle. Later that day, Brian shopped at a different store to purchase the exterior door handles with locks. He also made a visit to the metal worker to take a look at the metal frames for our exterior doors and windows.
And finally, the walls are being plastered.
The DLM Ministry Home is coming along nicely! Next up will be the installation of windows and exterior doors. This should be completed by February 22. By the end of next week, we should see some floor tiles being placed. The tiles should be finished by the end of March.
After the tiling is complete, we'll have the first phase of painting for the inside. Following that, the electrical and plumbing fittings and fixtures will be done inside. This should take about 2 weeks.
In the meantime, while the above is ongoing, the construction of the concrete edging around the house and outside plastering will be in progress. The septic system will also be built during this time. The next part will be to install the interior doors, inside nets (screens) on the windows, and curtain rails (rods); all the while kitchen cabinets are being built and installed. The installation of the glass for the windows and doors will also be completed at this time.
And then the final coat of paint will be applied to the inside. All of this can take about 5 weeks. So, if we stay on target, the house could be completely move-in ready by the end of May, God willing! Glory to God Alone!
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