Yet another two week stay is done and it seems we never had a moment to enjoy… although, I must say, ‘rainy’ season is the best time to be here. Yes, it did rain some but not every day. It was nice and sunny in the mornings then the clouds built up every afternoon around 2pm and lingered till sunset and Continue reading
Fans of the tv series True Blood may remember the scene where Pam interrupted Sookie and Eric saying, “Blah. Blah. Water Emergency! Blah.” It was a great moment in the series where they made light of the ridiculousness of their own predicament.
So it goes with our little project in Costa Rica… Continue reading
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
Fernando and his crew are making great progress. They have almost completed all the tile inside the house now.This week they also completed the framework and poured the concrete for the pool deck and they have already begun tiling. Meanwhile, work continues on the pool itself. The framework for the cabana is going up as well. The electrician was busy pulling wires and installing lights and fans in the bedrooms and bathrooms.
One minor ‘oops’ we discovered on our first walk through last week was that they did not build the wall that separates the balconies for bedroom 2 and bedroom 3. It was drawn in all the plans but the crew simply missed it. They got it started this week. When it’s done all three bedrooms will have private balconies as planned.
Ted spent a couple hours on site yesterday with our architect Roberto and builder Fernando and they are still saying they are on target to complete the construction and have it move-in ready for us in three weeks… March 8.
Once again I am happy to report, at Casa Bellamar, all is well.
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.