Okay, it’s really week twenty-nine and a half as most of these photos were taken on Wednesday of this week. We’ve had LOTS of progress since the last update. Most of the trim and doors are now in. One of the pocket doors was installed backwards but that’s an easy thing to fix. For all the woodwork we chose locally grown red cedar with a natural finish and frosted glass insets. They look BEAUTIFUL! . The cabinets are the same wood and finish and should look amazing as well. Continue reading
This week can be summed up like this: more great progress in many areas but still no doors or cabinets.
Much of the ‘big’ stuff is almost done now. The tile is complete in the pool, on the pool deck and in all the bedrooms and bathrooms. The electrician is nearly finished with all the wiring and installation of fixtures. The painters are almost done painting. They brought in the heavy machinery this week to grade the driveway and dig the trench for the septic tank. They have also begun installing all the wooden baseboards and door frames that the cabinet maker delivered last week.
The metal workers completed construction on the garage doors/gates… it was cheaper to have them custom made than to purchase standard steel doors like we have in the US. The downside as you’ll see from the photos, is that they are an open design so critters can get in to the garage. We’ll have to work on that.
They got the mortar residue cleaned off the stones on the entryway so you can now see what the stone work will look like across the bottom of the house. Beautiful!
Speaking of beautiful, we hear that the doors and cabinets are also beautiful though we have not yet seen them ourselves. They are the same red cedar as you’ll see in the photos of baseboards and door frames. I look forward to seeing them installed very soon. Perhaps as early as week 29?
Good progress is being made but, at week 28 we are now two weeks past the “planned” end of construction and we have at least two weeks time remaining before all is complete and we can start working the final punch list. Other friends who have built in Costa Rica still marvel that we are so close to our target date and tell us that being just a month over is really considered ‘on time.’
In light of that we’ll still say, at Casa Bellamar, all is well.
This weeks update is a mixed bag of good and less good. I’m not ready to call it bad news just yet. The less good news is: a few things have fallen behind and instead of being done this week, Fernando and Roberto agree that they are really about three weeks away from completion.
Our cabinet maker is also creating the solid wood doors, door trim and baseboards for us in matching wood. The trim and doors were supposed to be delivered early this week. Only the trim arrived. Fabrication is complete on the doors and cabinets and Fernando tells us they look really good but they still need to be stained, finished, transported and installed. We might see that happen by the end of the week.
Meanwhile other work continues. Tile inside the pool is coming along nicely as is the tile throughout the rest of the house. The paint crew has been busy and has almost completed painting inside and out. The electrician is busy pulling wires and installing fixtures. The masonry workers have also been busy setting the stone on the facade of the house. It’s all coming together. Not quite as quickly as we had hoped.
All things considered though we can still say, at Casa Bellamar, all is well.