Ancient concrete is ancient history
We took a long 6 months of trying to get our Tadelact floor to completion, but have reached a stage where we can not afford the time, money or uncertainty of this exotic flooring solution. So with a great deal of difficulty we decided that we will rip it all up and go with our original plan which was recycled Tassie oak through most parts of the house.
The timber is sourced from our friend Ray who has a company called Recycled Classic Floors. They supply great timber which is just begging to be used again and we are very happy to oblige. Before it can be laid in most rooms the yellow tongue needs a sanding to take the peaks off at the joins. And in the lounge, kitchen and pantry it means ripping up all the Tadelact that was there half finished. For a long time we agonized over this, given all of the precious resources, money and effort that went into the floor so far, but we couldn't live indefinitely with an unknown quantity and unfinished surface.
Well we chose timber, so my Dad has been back over from NZ to oversee this and a couple of other things and we have the A-team on the job. Adrian the carpenter and his apprentice James, Bob the plumber, Ray the timber merchant and Max the giant Fijian. To complete the team we have Rob who is a sander and finisher. Already the ancient Tadelact concrete is gonecrete and 2 bedrooms are already laid. Not bad for a days work.
I say all of this without actually seeing any of the work, as we have vacated the premises and gone to Natasha's Mum's place. A worksite is no place for Leroy so we are taking no part in today's flurry of industrious achievement. It's a strange turn for our owner builder journey to have taken but the destination is the same.