Renovation debris fills a truck at the China Daily compound.
The decibal-busting drone of noisy jackhammers and clouds of thick dust fill the air around the China Daily compound. It’s been that way for a week and we can expect these and other disturbing sounds over the next several months, as renovation is under way on the top floors of our 10-story apartment building.
The company is gutting the out-of-date ninth and 10th floors. The seven apartments on each floor will be newly configured, with fresh flooring and walls in the living room, kitchen, dining area and bedroom. New appliances, including front-loading washing machines and a sleek stove top and ventilation/fan system, and cabinets will be installed in the kitchen.
The bathroom will be one of the coolest features in the redone apartments: there will be a glassed-in shower with two shower heads, one a regular handheld model and the other a fixed “rainforest” type.
The apartment furniture will be Ikea cool like mine. Two big wardrobes and a king-size bed will be in the bedroom and in the living room, two glass-front bookcases and a large-screen TV on the wall, opposite a leatherette couch. It’s all comfortable.
The compound, from the rear. My apartment’s kitchen is over the arched window in the lower left.
The occupants who lived on the ninth and 10th floors have been moved to lower floors that were renovated late last year. When the work is finished, they can move back to their old apartments or stay in their new homes.
And while it’s noisy at times, the work schedule is mindful of those who live there. Most work afternoons and evenings at the newspaper, so the crews are active from early afternoon to early evening, when they’re at work.
Construction crews made a little plank bridge over the apartment steps to carry debris out of the building and into a dump truck.