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Before I can get going building a layout, I needed to complete the renovation I had planned for the apartment. Although I closed in early May, I couldn't start because the government had a prohibition on construction work due to the pandemic. That was lifted in June, but the building has a restriction against renovations during the peak vacation season of July and August, and June wasn't enough time to get done, so I elected to postpone everything until September.
I'd already ordered tile, and there was a huge hassle with that which ended up with non-delivery (due to covid) and me getting Visa to reverse the charges. That finally was resolved and finalized only this week, though I'd gotten the money back in early July.
So in late August I spun the effort up again, got a contract written this time, got it all signed, ordered tile again (different store, came out cheaper, in spite of a worse exchange rate), and the work started at the beginning of the month.
I don't have pictures, but they wouldn't be very interesting anyway I don't think. The demolition phase is done, they've pretty much totaled the entire apartment except for the kitchen and one bedroom and bathroom that I'm living in. The bedroom and bathroom will be done later, but the kitchen had been recently redone, so it's being mostly left alone.
The old air conditioning system has been torn out and replaced. It's a chilled-water system where there's a big communal chiller that pumps near-icy water in to all the apartments to provide cooling. All the old rusty leaky iron pipe for that has been replaced with new pvc pipe with hard foam insulation around it to prevent condensation, the radiators and fans are all new, and the system is up and running after only 9 nights without AC. What a relief! The duct work is still to be done, right now the units are just blowing air where they are, but the whole apartment gets cool anyway, if a bit unevenly.
Today they started on the floor. The old tile floor had already all been chipped up and removed, and the tile setters did the first bit today. That's slow work as the tile is large sheets 1.6m x 0.8m and each one requires a lot of fine tuning to get perfectly level and aligned. Lots of rubber mallet work.
The schedule provided says the total renovation will take 3 months, but it has been going a lot faster than that. I think things will slow down now, tile setting is a careful deliberate activity, especially with these huge tile pieces. I don't want them just slapping the stuff down, I'm happy to see them being very careful.
If you want to see pictures of the room that will hold the layout from before the renovation started, look at the 'condo closing' thread a couple threads down in my blog.
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