At this point, we are days away from moving from Viet Nam to Sri Lanka and there are still a few big missing pieces of the puzzle, most notably our bathtub.
Of course we can start off with just a shower and no tub, but the soaking tub in its own garden setting, right now is the priority and distinguishing feature of the house for us, with the decision to try using a huge industrial cement pipe, which Ben hoped could be morphed into a bathtub.
Our future bathtub… Ben’s reputation is on the line here. The bathtub will either be phenomenal or we will laugh for a long time about this unconventional choice of materials for a bathtub.
Here were our instructions to the mason, hoping he can make some magic happen.
Said mason, pondering his next move…. What could he be thinking?
Okay, the two pieces of the pipe have been soldered together. Creating the reclining angle at the “short ends”, turns out to be the most difficult part.
It’s looking pretty good so far… and the location is perfect. Of course you have to use your imagination and visualize a lush garden setting.
Drum roll… TA DA and we have a bathtub! We requested soft rounded edges … and importantly, we have to figure out how to lock the cylinder in so that it doesn’t roll around once filled with water and still has aesthetic appeal. Our solution is to slightly “sink” the bottom edge in the ground for stability.
What color should the bath tub be? For years Ben has wondered why bathtubs are pretty much always white or cream colored and “why not make them a color? Way more fun!” We decide on a sunflower yellow/sienna tone, similar to that which is on the exterior walls of the house.
It comes down to light versus dark orange…
OK… so that’s where we stand on the infamous bathtub dilemma.
The house is coming along pretty nicely..
All cleaned up and with a little love, this is starting to be a pretty cute house in the “jungle”. We think of it as in the forest, but it seems most refer to this lush coastal terrain as jungle.
We decide to go with a cheery and bright shade of something in-between yellow ochre and orange. No doubt we are being influenced by the classic color of architecture in Hoi An, (which is a bright yellow ochre.) Lots of back and forth on how dark or light the tone will be… What do we do when we are actually indecisive? We split the difference ~ the two side walls will be darker, and the front and back walls will be lighter.
The sides of the house are the darker tone. We will just have to see when we get there how this color feels to us.
An antique wooden traditional door graces the entrance to the external bathroom from the side of the house, Good find Ben! We may well paint this in blue tones, or leave it in natural wood. To be determined later.
Inside the house, things are moving along as well.
There were some unseen problems with the ceiling wooden beam system, so we had to replace one beam. The wall that separates the main bedroom from the guest bedroom was extended to go all the way to the roof.
Once painted, the additional section of wall that goes up to the roof adds tremendous height to the room and draws attention to the spaciousness of the vaulted ceiling. Good call Pete!
BUT… things come to a screeching halt when we see the “off white” paint inside.
I guess our notion of “off white” is different to what was understood. We receive pictures of beige walls. Hmmm…. We decide that it’s not that high an expense and that living in beige is not for us… “Back to white please!”
We need a bed, two actually. They quote us $300 for building each wooden bed frames. Not unreasonable, except that we are now exceeding our budget. Once again this requires a creative solution. Ben did a few rounds of going to market places to see if they had any wooden pallets around and eventually he was able to find enough to create two bed frames.
We are in suspense… The carpenter confirms that he can make us bed frames out of these wooden pallets We’ll see how they turn out. But for now, they are certainly a very inexpensive solution for the beds.
Final big item: The custom made shelving for the walk in closet.
We designed these shelves (same as the under cabinet shelving in the kitchen) to have slats of wood rather than solid wood. Reason being as less dust collects and the end product is nice and airy. Work in progress, but looking great so far!
We have booked our tickets from Hoi An, Viet Nam, to Sri Lanka and leave here in about a week.
The house will be ready enough that we can move in!
What do you think so far?
(For those who want to backtrack to the beginning of this process, see below)
Sculpting our lives, building our Sri Lanka nest ~ part 3