Oh the apartment in Cassis. After six weeks of wondering if we were going to have to use ladders to access the upstairs, we finally found an artisan who can build them for us. Hopefully in June he will start. Since the apartment is difficult to access because it is on the port with massive restrictions as to when and for how long we can park a truck, the work will continue to be done inside. The iron pieces will be carried up stairs (already that is a major feat) then welded piece by piece inside the apartment. That means the floor boards and painting will be completed after the stairs are in place.
photo: Standing in the kitchen looking up the ladder that one day will be stairs to the middle floor.
The iron stairs will come up from the entrance/kitchen downstairs (the hole on the right side of the photo above) then turn to the left where Yann is looking down. The will be 80cm wide. Then they will restart from the top of that hole and go up to the bedroom behind the blue plastic.
The window is staying it looks into the bathroom.
The guys are calculating stairs and i-beams to add to the ceiling to support the weight.
A massive project in a small space.
The upstairs beam will be cut, and then a support will be added as the stairs will run along the right side.
It is a puzzle but one I can visual and find interesting. So much to think about, calculate... we are fortunate to have an incredible team of artisans working on it. They make every horror story about construction sound impossible because they are smart, steady, strong, perfectionist and honest masters at their work. Nothing is daunting to them.
Renee also carved to stones to use as a base for the sink.
Amazing he is.
That is the hole for the stairwell, looking down into the kitchen.
When I am at the apartment, I spend half of my time freaking out that someone is going to fall through that hole, and the other half of my time freaking out about climbing the ladders to and from each of the floors.
Talking stairs: Welding iron, weight, support beams, hauling such pieces through the window, and measuring uneven walls and calculating everything three times.
Today was a great day, a sigh of relief day.
Stairs have my respect.