Monday, February 6, 2017

Ngowe House

Sami says, "Welcome to Ngowe House."

The inside of Cottage #8 is about to undergo a renovation.
Construction materials and methods 30 years ago, when this home was built,
are not what they are today and by no means parallel the United States.


These men began our remodel by hacking up the cement floor by hand
so that tile glue would properly adhere to the surface.

We went to town to buy sand and stones and those things
needed for tile work. $30 for a truckload of sand.

Free delivery of sand and cement.

The tiles were selected from Raghib Store and trucked from Nairobi.
Once they reached Malindi, they were transferred by hand to another truck
that delivered them along with contractor glue and other supplies
safely to the house.

The floor is ready to receive the tile and glue.

Tiles in place with spacers waiting for grout. The difference was amazing!

Even the bathroom gets an overhaul,
this particular overhaul was done twice.
Just after the tile was set, the toilet began leaking.

Grout and skirting in place. Wow!

A thousand thanks to Emmanuel who managed the tile work.
His creative thinking, conceptualization abilities, and
attention to detail made this project a huge success.


Notice the sink is positioned under the shelves on the wall,
which caused some functional problems. What started with
correcting that problem (and our inability to find a sink
the proper size to replace this one, given it's age) ended up being
a complete remodel.

Look carefully and you can see the water pipes moved from the corner
to underneath the window where the sink would be moved.

Right about here, I was tempted to panic.

Still panicky, though Emmanual the most awesome tile guy
caught my vision and made it into a reality.

Wow, just wow!

Have I said, wow!


The same guys who tore up the concrete inside the house in preparation for tile
also tore up the already broken concrete in the enclosure area in preparation
for pouring a new floor.

The current carport provides no security for storage boxes and
ministry materials, and a possible future motorcycle.

We are enclosing the carport to provide the security needed for storage.

This was a big project, bigger than we anticipated.

The enclosure is finished but photos are not yet available.


Grey is the chosen base color as it is reminiscent of
 weather worn beach boardwalk planks.


This is Shera's workshop where my gorgeous mahogany furniture is made.

I added a bit of beach coastal whimsy to my dining table.
Too bad I can't find chairs.
An old man just outside Mombasa made this furniture from sticks,
common in this area. So my selection will be both painted mahogany
and painted stick furniture. The flower on the dining table and desk (not shown)
ties the colors together.

All this furniture is painted a teal blue and varnished. Waiting 1,000
years for the varnish to dry in the 85% humidity environment.

More photos coming soon.