Destruction and Growth

First an apology to our neighbours upstairs. It is not them who are doing the renovations. Rather, it is the people on floor 11 (we are on 9) and one apartment over who are ripping the apartment up. Yesterday Terry and I were talking about the fact that the renos were being done at a very civilized time – not until the afternoon. Well, today I got my comeuppance – they started at 7:30. I’m pretty sure Tina next door with the new baby was ecstatic! Yesterday they all went to the in-laws in the afternoon so Aaron could sleep.  Anyway, as I left for the office, I thought I would get some photos of Chinese construction, so here they are. (Ed. note: This is reminding me of our renos a couple of years ago. Ahhhh, good times!)

Breaking up is hard to do. First you have to break through the tile, and then the sub-floor (more on the sub-floor later).

Breaking up is hard to do. First you have to break through the tile, and then the sub-floor (more on the sub-floor later).

One all the floors are done, you have a big pile of stuff to get rid of. (See the other day's blog for a photo of the disposal method).

Once all the floors are done, you have a big pile of stuff to get rid of. (See the other day’s blog for a photo of the disposal method).

You have to get rid of interior brick walls (3 walls gone and a door way enlarged here.) In Damages, Glenn Close was told that those old brick walls were a great design feature in her New York apaartment. These brick walls, however are only about 10 years old, so not much a design feature, I guess.

You have to get rid of interior brick walls (3 walls gone and a door way enlarged here.) In Damages, Glenn Close was told that those old brick walls were a great design feature in her New York apartment. These brick walls, however are only about 10 years old, so not much a design feature, I guess.

This is the living space. All these walls are concrete - hard to hang photos. The tile floor is still in place, but I ma guessing not for long.

This is the living space. All these walls are concrete – hard to hang photos. The tile floor is still in place (covered in dust), but I am guessing not for long.

Okay, about that sub-floor. Under the 1/2" tile is 2" (yes two inches) of - wait for it - ashphalt and then the concrete floor. Why ashphalt? Why 2"? Why not? (Ed. note: Sorry about the poor photo quality).

Okay, about that sub-floor. Under the 1/2″ tile is 2″ (yes two inches) of – wait for it – asphalt and THEN the concrete floor. Why asphalt? Why 2″? Why not? (Ed. note: Sorry about the poor photo quality. Tough to get the perspective correct).

Then I was off to the office – but I thought I would get some shots of how some people keep their yards.

A couple of weeks ago two workers dug up a mound of earth which separated our path from the roadway. Since then I have seen people show up with bags and planters to remove the excess. "Borrowed Earth"  for sure. Not exactly sure though what is going to happen with the area they de-mounded.

A couple of weeks ago two workers dug up a mound of earth which separated our path (right of the post) from the roadway. Since then I have seen people show up with bags and planters to remove the excess (left of the post). “Borrowed Earth” for sure. Not exactly sure though what is going to happen with the area they de-mounded.

Some people plant corn on one side of their path and leave the other side fallow.

Some people plant corn on one side of their path and leave the other side fallow.

Some people pour concrete over the entire thing - and then add an outdoor sink (for watering what?).

Some people pour concrete over the entire thing – and then add an outdoor sink (for watering what?).

Some people have nice, well maintained vegetable gardens.

Some people have nice, well maintained vegetable gardens.

And finally, some people just have nicely maintained gardens. Enjoy.

And finally, some people just have nicely maintained gardens. Enjoy.

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