Stairway to Heaven

 

Last year whilst carrying out building work at a property in Pedreguer, I noticed that several builders were calling at the neighbour’s property to supply estimates for various jobs. I recognised one of the builders as I have been asked on several occasions to rectifying his work. He is a member of the local Costa Blanca Business Association and to be fair their membership largely consists of hardworking, reliable and honest people and this association would generally be a good starting point when looking for a particular service. Several days passed and the owner of this property had now returned to England, work duly started on site.

To my amazement the builder I had recognised had been chosen to construct a large flight of steps leading from the road up to the villa. His workforce on this occasion was an Eastern European gentleman who I found to be very pleasant but it soon became apparent that he was not a builder. The first day consisted of much head scratching followed by days generally taken up by building a few steps, only to then knock them down again before re-building them once more. I was so amused that each evening I took photographs for my weird and wonderful building collection. Eight days later most of the stairways rough outline was in place, all except the bottom flight, this is where the work should have started and now where the main problem soon became apparent. He soon realised that if he continued with the existing pitch of the stairway it would terminate in the middle of the road, not good. More head scratching resulted in yet more demolition and a decision that if he made the entire bottom flight with taller steps the stairway could finish at the back of the footpath. The end result was a very odd and substandard stairway with steps around 30 – 35cm. high at the bottom and 12 – 15cm.high at the top, a very difficult stairway to walk up and down.
Over a year has now passed and I have recently received a telephone call from the new owner of the property asking me to quote for several items of building works, one of which is to remove the defective stairway and to rebuild it. Most of you will have seen the many television programmes showing various cowboy builders, remember that  just because someone belongs to a Business Association does not necessarily mean they are competent. Always ask for references, make contact with past clients and inspect completed projects - it is my experience that satisfied clients are only too happy to talk about a job well done. 

John Phillips (F.I.A.S. F.A.B.E. M.I.B.C.O. F.F.B. M.R.S.H. C.M.W.O.B.O. M.B.I.M)
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