In July, 2010, preliminary surveys on #65 Baochao Hutong were completed and full construction began. Thousands of photos were taken during the 10 month construction period, and a short few were uploaded to this website along with some commentary about the whole gradual process. As you go through it, you might notice it abruptly ending, roughly around the time that interior decoration began taking place. That’s cause we were bored of documenting it, and simultaneously 100% overworked!

Still, it is fun for us to keep online and we hope our guests can use this to help build a better connection to the place they will be staying in, or stayed in previously.

Please keep in mind, newest posts are at the top!

Mr. Wood

This is an exciting part, the stairs are all starting to get installed now. They are all being made by hand out of wood — by one person. He doesn’t really speak mandarin, and works on his own ultra-slow schedule, but the stairs should be pretty good in the end.


His main tool


The entrance, partially fitted with the new stairs

Metal work

Just in time, the metal is all in place ready and waiting for some of the stairs that are being finished up as we eat lunch.

Toilets

Not terribly exciting, but here are shots of the plumbing being installed directing waste into the well.

A glass dining room

It’s been decided– Rather than cover the entire roof with concrete slabs, as assumed earlier, 1/4 of the surface will be turned into glass! And here’s a series of photos showing the entire process:


Getting the wind engineer to inspect the work to be done.


Building the glass frame


Passing the glass up onto the roof – no problem


It’s only 9+12+9 glass.



Viewing into the dining room


Looking towards the view of the trees above. This should make for a pleasant dining room

Digging a hole

Time to build a well. Not quite the fun kind for getting drinking water or simply falling into. But watching our worker disappear into a 2m deep pit is something special. Along the way he discovered plenty of broken porcelain cups as well.