On Thursday Sr Luiz, the ‘resident’ builder for Casa Semear came round to get started on the ballet room renovation.

We had to start by chipping holes into the walls to try and locate the rooms concrete beams. To support the room (and the building above!) a steel beam is to be inserted so we needed to find the places to support the ends of the beam. This resulted in us finding that one end of the room had 3(!) walls which we had to break through to find the main wall containing the beam. Once we located the correct places we then had to make sure the holes were big enough to get the beam in.

We then went to buy the beam which was do be delivered later in the day.

On our return Sr Luiz was going to head home as he hadn’t been feeling great but instead he stuck around for the rest of the afternoon and we broke down a section of wall to make the entrance into the room larger. We both got busy with breaking down the wall –
Much to Sr Luiz’s surprise!

By the end of the day we were extremely dusty but glad that we have taken the first steps in improving the ballet room. On Monday the beam will be installed and then we will be plastering the whole room.