Building Update Continued
Here’s a further update, building is moving at a very fast pace, we aim to complete all the buildings by December.
We’re making significant progress, with the test dome completed minus a few minor details.
Images above show our Dukhan dome recently completed – just a few finishing touches left.
What about our other buildings?
We’ve made wonderful progress with these too. A few weeks ago we started on the roofs the electric and plumbing.
We’ve since covered most of the exterior roofs with earthen rendering.
This is a natural mix of the sandy earth from the site, clay, straw and of course water.
Cooking Up a Good Earthen Plaster/ Rendering
Natural earthen plaster has been made this way for thousands of years here in Egypt. The same formula, mix and method.
The clay, sand, straw and water are mixed together and left in the sun for several days to form a thick plaster.
…..add more Water
As the mix dries and minimizes, more of the ingredients are added until the required consistency and quantity is produced, with no stirring or disturbance.
…and hey presto!
This stuff is incredible, it can withstand all weathers and is durable enough to last hundreds of years. So we’ll not only be totally weatherproofed, it’s economical too!
Sustainable, practical and without harmful toxins!
The end image shows one of the buildings that has had its walls rendered.
Look how golden the walls are of the last building in the thumbnails above. Achieved simply by adjusting the mixture used on the roofs.
Earthen Plaster is Truly Amazing
Just by tweaking the quantities of earth with clay or even small amounts of cement or chalk; Or the method used to apply it to the walls, can result in many different textures and an array of colours.
Expanding the workforce
We’ve had a short break for the national holiday of Eid plus a few extra days off for us all to recharge and replenish our energies.
On 1st September we’ll increase our team from 20 to 35 people. Hopefully this will enable us to meet our target completion date of the end of December 2018.
Now that we’ve nailed the dome building technology and decided most of the finishes we are ready to expand the workforce.
A Word of Thanks
It’s not only great to be manifesting my dream. But I am also very thankful and grateful to have the opportunity to be able to contribute to the local economy through building this Retreat.
One of our core values here at Marsa Alam Desert Retreat is to employ local people both in the building and the running of the place.
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Next time – See what we’ve been doing with our floors and windows!