With the electrics and plumbing all installed, its now time to start with the finishes. The first job is to get all the walls smooth plastered. Its a big job and the plaster goes everywhere. Initially I though the chap above was plastering in his bare feet, but no, on closer inspection he is in fact wearing traditional moroccan babooches (slippers).
Riad Romm'an is to have a retractable roof and therefore unlike most traditional riads, the courtyard will not always be open to the harsh Moroccan sunlight. It is sunny in Marrakech for the vast majority of the year, so the retractable roof will offer some protection and also keep the heat in at night when the temperature often plummets. This gives us more of a free reign within the courtyard so we have opted to use smooth plaster which will give a crisper finish than traditional rough render. Such a finish would not be advisable on a completely open courtyard as the weather would damage it.
Inside, work is continuing on the plastering too, including the shelf/alcoves in the kitchen (below).
The decorative ceiling in the grand salon is being created on site from plaster and cut by hand with great skill. Below you can see one of the plasterers in the open salon actually making a beam. The plaster really is going everywhere, he's practically swimming in it!