Things are buzzing along in Hana! The roof is nearly finished. If you zoom in you can see the end-caps that our roofer made specifically for this project. I think it looks much nicer than some of the other examples of end-caps I’ve seen. At the apexes, he cut tile and fit them together, much like a patchwork quilter would when making a “Lone Star” quilt. We are still waiting for the glass tiles to arrive from Bali. Those will be inserted just over our skylights. As with the kitchen and bathroom vanities, they sit in the factory in Bali waiting to get wrapped and loaded into a shipping container. What we have left there is not enough for one whole container, so our stuff is being packed with another structure that will be coming to Maui. It’s always something. Patience has become my middle name these past few years.If you’re wondering what glass tiles look like, here’s a shot of another roof with a glass tile skylight. These tiles are loosely slipped onto the roof. There are no nails, but they do use a type of glue to hold them in place. Underneath and inside, there will be an etched glass panel lining the ceiling. Inserting a skylight this way will allow sunlight to filter in while maintaining the patterning on the roof. As long as those tiles stay intact, we’re good.The stairs on the screened lanai on the back are being installed. This plank is our only way in for now. I for one will be happy to see stairs as I don’t really care for the plank. As you can see, concrete has been poured where the footings are installed. The landing in the lower left-hand portion of the picture was texturized with rock salt to give it an organic “lava-rock” texture. All the exposed concrete will be stained the color of red-dirt, another nod to the island upon which the house sits.The footings and porch for the second bedroom have been installed. It looks wonderful, but what I see in this picture is the need for more wire rail to be installed in order to bring it up to code. That gap in the front top edge was originally meant for a stairway, but we decided to get rid of the stairways on the two end rooms because the factory did not send us enough wood to complete the job. Not only that, I think it simply looks better without them. It’s an added bonus that we are saving on cost as well. Pay attention to that gap, I’ll refer to it later.
Meanwhile inside, the flooring is getting a little attention. All the gaps are filled in with tinted caulking. After it dries, the floor will get a light sanding and a few coats of finish. It’s a big job and attention to detail is key. Small gaps in the floor can become an issue down the line if not tended to properly.You may have heard Hawaii is experiencing heavy weather this week. Hurricane Madeline was no more than a mild wind and rain storm (for us, that is), but Hurricane Lester will be more of a threat. Hana sits on the eastern end of Maui, it’s that little point on the right on the island next to the Big Island. It’s first on Maui on the path of this storm.Our workers have done well to board up the place in anticipation of the storm. I’ll write more about coconut wood later, but for now just know its similar to concrete in strength. This structure was designed with this climate in mind. It’s high off the ground, it’s heavy and it’s incredibly solid. Needless to say, I am concerned about those windows and I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed. The house is well away from large trees which could pose a threat, but you never know. Those glass panes would be difficult to repair. Unlike western-styled windows, this glass is cut and beveled between ornate panes of wood. You can sort of see it in this picture:
The look is charming but I’m ever so mindful of how much of a headache it would be if the glass breaks. At least it’s thick tempered glass. As for the rail in front, our builders did a fantastic job closing the gap! I’m so thankful he’s good with modifications like this. We all have our gifts don’t we? I have nothing but respect for people who are considered craftsmen. If I didn’t tell you, you’d never know this was an after-the-factory modification!I know many of you on the mainland are dealing with weather of your own. I’m hoping mother nature is kind and we are all kept safe this hurricane season. Tucked safely inside, I’m hoping you spend your time relaxing and reconnecting. I know I will. Cheers!