I’m beginning to sound like a broken record but in this case I’m quite happy to be just that… At Casa Bellamar, all is well!
The pool deck structure was completed this week and tile laid. The crew started setting the stonework on the facade of the bedroom wing and completed the stone work on the inside of the entry fountain. They still need to clean off the residual mortar but it is BEAUTIFUL!
They also finished up all the rough work on the pool so next week they can start tiling it… yes, tiling the pool. In Costa Rica the pools are finished out with tile instead of plaster. It’s going to be beautiful too. We had originally envisioned the pool deck seamlessly running up to the edge of the pool but Fernando and Roberto were looking out for us. They pointed out that the pool deck backs up to the mountain and while we will have a drain to capture water that runs off the hill, a heavy rain could overflow the drain and muddy water would flow across the deck and into the pool. They suggested a low coping around the edge of the pool. With that, all the water will flow around the pool and off the edges. As an added bonus: when we’re old and I’m in a wheelchair it will be harder for Ted to ‘accidentally’ roll me into the pool. Thanks Fernando.
Speaking of tile, they completed the tile work in all the main rooms, hallways, terraces, and deck this week. We reserved closets and showers to the end. If we do run low on tile and have to change colors, it won’t matter much if one of the closets or showers doesn’t match the rest of the house.
The electrician has been busy finishing up the wiring and installing lights and fans. We discovered that many of the can light fixtures we bought had a common flaw and will have to be returned and replaced. This is not a huge problem. it’s just an inconvenience as the store is 2.5 hours away in San Jose.
The glass installers were also busy this week. They got all the sliding glass doors in. You’ll notice a gap between the top of the doors and the frame of the opening. That will be fixed glass. They will install those this week along with the remainder of the windows.
Things are progressing nicely. Fernando tells us that the cabinet maker will deliver the interior doors and trim boards this week. That will go a long way toward making the house look complete. Cabinets will come the week after that. The end is in site.
Or is it the beginning…?