Today is the first significant step since buying our cave house … the cave renovations we discussed with the builder back in September are underway.
We have a feeling both of excitement and nervousness. Excitement because our dream is slowly becoming a reality. Nervousness, because the cave renovations are being carried out over 6500 km away based on one site visit, a couple of emails and a phone call.
Now don’t get me wrong, we have absolute faith in Mauricio, he comes highly recommended and we warmed to him immediately upon meeting him. It’s just a feeling of helplessness and not being able to see the transition as the work progresses.
That said, in 7 weeks we will be able to see the transformation for ourselves (note to self – bring Valium).
Cave Renovations – Cueva Oceano
The solid brick bed base is being removed. This will open up additional storage space underneath where the bed will go and remove a toe breaking obstacle. An extractor fan is going to be installed to change the flow of air in the cave. Finally, all the flaking paint is to be removed and repainted with breathable paint.
Cave Renovations – Cueva Inca
A little more work is required for the second cave. Several sections of both the walls and ceiling need repairing and repainting. There is damage both to some of the light fittings and to the shower tiles that need attention. An extractor fan is also to be installed.
We are also getting the boilers in both caves serviced for good measure.
Cave Renovations – Exterior
The whole exterior of the property is going to be repainted. Additionally, the ceiling entrance to both caves badly needs repairing as well as a section of the exterior wall. There is a wood ornament above the entrance where we wanted roof tiles to replace the wood ‘thatch’.
Exciting times. Stay tuned for the updated before and after shots.
So … Who are one foot in the cave ?
We (Danny and Josie) have spent the last 10 years living and working in the Caribbean. In 2015 we decided we wanted to move closer to family and friends so bought a cave house in the Granada region of Andalucia, Spain. We moved there full time in January 2017. Now we write about our experiences of cave living and how we are adapting to life in Spain.
We also have a Facebook page full of pictures, experiences and information that we have found useful along the way. If its your thing, you can also follow us on Instagram 🙂
5 words related to this blog entry …
Today – Hoy
A Week – Una Semana
Exciting – Emocionante
Nervous – Nervioso
To Paint – Pintar