We’ve been in the house a week already and our first guests from the USA arrived on Tuesday. Truth is, the house wasn’t quite ready for company and while it’s closer now, there is still a lot of work to be done and furniture to buy. We’re using outdoor furniture for living room chairs and a folding table in the dining room. Water is still intermittent and Continue reading
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
We had another good week. The issue with the water pipe has yet to be resolved but at least it is not causing any further hindrance to the workers. Fernando and crew have nearly completed roofing on the social wing of the house and they made excellent progress on the foundations for the pool and the entry way stairs.
More good news… There were several ‘luxury’ features like the elevator that we had deferred pending cost overruns during the initial phase of construction. We are at the point now where we must decide and we were pleased to be able to move forward with all of them.
Once again we are pleased to say, at Casa Bellamar, all is well.
We are now officially past the halfway point! Well… at least according to the plan, last week was #14 of 26 and construction continues to sail along. We also came to an agreement on a solution for the pool. It will have to be closer to the house than originally planned but they have confirmed they will be able to keep it at the same level as the interior of the house. This means no stairs/ramps or other impediments from the back bedroom all the way to the edge of the outdoor cabana. It will be fine. As an added bonus we get an extra room under the deck, between the garage and the pool that will house the pool pumps and other water system equipment.
The photos this week show more of the roof structure and bedroom spaces being worked on. Because of the humidity, standard sheet-rock like we use in the US molds and crumbles rather rapidly so we opted for solid cinderblock walls. In several of the photos you’ll see where they have ‘plastered’ the walls. It’s really a thin and smooth cement product that they slather on… think fine grain stucco.We still have to decide on paint colors but that’s the finish for most of the walls and ceilings.
Balconies on the front of the bedrooms are almost complete now. We also have a few photos of the underside of the eaves showing the framework they’ve welded up for the facia. The soffits will be finished out with the same plaster/stucco as the interior.
Our friend Tim also shot another short video walking along the front of the house. Thanks Tim!
Once again, at Casa Bellamar all is well.
All is well at Casa Bellamar. Construction continues to move along at the expected rate and as the photos show, at this stage, change is quite apparent from week to week. This week We have a floor or walls in the social area where last week none existed. Soon they’ll be working on the finish out and “this week we have stucco” won’t have the same impact in photos. Still we are excited to see the progress.
We did have a bit of a setback this week. Continue reading
Now, with just a few of the roof trusses in place, Casa Bellamar is really starting to look like a house!
Roberto climbed up the mountain to provide us with photos from the lot above ours. These photos give us an excellent perspective on the and help visualize the layout as well. We now have the concrete floor poured on the ‘social’ side and the walls are coming up over there as well. The entry and hall that connects the two structures now has the framework for the roof and glass walls in place. You’ll also notice the steel balcony supports protruding from the front of the bedroom side of the house. It is really starting to come together.
Once again, at Casa Bellamar, all is well.
Literally translated, bellamar means “beautiful sea” but it is commonly used to mean “smooth sailing” or “all is well.” When asked how your vacation in Costa Rica is going, ‘bellamar’ would be an appropriate response.