Four years in, we have probably worked with most people in the village. Sometimes they have no idea what they’re building (like the round hobbit-hole door) and can’t understand why the foreigner from London is building houses like the one his Grandmother lives in. They all say we should build a big concrete box and paint it orange. One day maybe they will see why we can’t get enough of Breb’s natural beauty, but for now we’ll keep learning Romanian and working on our acting skills!
We had several local builders who wanted to charge a large fee and then hire a local labourer to do the job. We cut out the middle-man and hired locals ourselves. They’re a hard working bunch and in the summer of 2009 we put up 4 houses in 4 months.