I took a drive to Hana today. There used to be a time when driving to and from Hana was a big deal, but these days I’ve grown used to it. The structure is about halfway finished, it still has walls that need to be put up and two rooms that need to be added on, but oh, it looks amazing! Whenever I get down about how long this process has been, how much mental and physical energy has been poured into it, how expensive it’s become and how much farther we have to go, all I have to do is come here and I’m cured. There is a beauty and peace to this place that transcend everyday worries.
Someday, I imagine myself simply lying on the couch and staring at the ceiling. The level of craftsmanship here is incredible, something woefully lacking in western made structures.
Here in Hana, workers leave small tools and hardware out with little concern for theft or vandalism. Mind you, the neighbors have our backs, and are not shy about asking when they see someone new visit the place, however this is a safe community and I’m reasonably assured these small things are safe. It makes me feel better to know that we will be spending our coming years in a sweet community such as this.
I met with the electrical contractor today. It seems that providing electricity for this place is going to be yet another hurdle we will have to overcome. Do we install solar and gas so we can stay off the grid, or do we have the county install a pole or two so that we can get connected? And if we install solar, how do we do that on a tile roof? And if we need poles, how many and how much will it cost? I can already tell I’m about to begin an entirely new learning curve as I know absolutely nothing about how this all works.
On a simpler note, my guy and I discussed the placement of the lights. Turns out on the plans, they wrote words which we don’t use here in America to describe the type of lighting they had in mind. When asked what a hollow light was, I hadn’t a clue. Thankfully, I have something to refer to; there are photos I have that will do a lot to help us.
This structure, built on the other side of the island, was the house we basically copied. The main room is identical; the difference lies in the extra rooms we added on. On the ledge that surrounds the interior, the owners installed lights that shine on the bamboo mat of the ceiling. There are also lights on the ceiling fans and lights tucked in each corner. My thought is to contact the owner and ask if I can visit his house in the evening so that I can see how well his lighting layout works for him. I’m encouraged to know that hopefully I’ll be able to answer some of these questions with regards to electricity.
There is a screened porch or lanai (pronounced here), off to the back of the great room. This room will border on being inside and outside as the screened walls will hopefully be enough to keep the mosquitos out, yet the wind will still pass through here freely. I’ve always been a fan of string lighting and wonder if we could simply hang string lights instead of installing flood lights or sconces. It certainly would cut costs and make things a little simpler, and the light cast from string lights are fitting for a breezy beach house. What I have in mind is lovely. I’ll ask my guy.