Progress Update – Week 11

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

Progress Update – Week 02

First, the bad news. We lost the mature Guanacaste tree near the street. It was on the hill above the driveway entrance. Apparently the earth work cut in to its root zone too far. It fell over this week. I knew there was a possibility we were disturbing its roots so much that it might die…slowly. At least this way it’s done and it fell onto open ground so it did no harm. Guanacaste is the national tree of Costa Rica. It is one of the protected trees and a favorite of all three species of monkeys, sloths and many of the interesting birds so we are sad to see it go. We will definitely plant a few more on the property to honor it.

On a much happier note, the crew got lots of work done this week. They finished the rough cut for the foundation. They got the house marked out with string and began digging trenches for the structural beams. They also made progress in preparing the steel cages that will be part of the structure of the house.

In several of the photos you’ll see the strings running from the hillside over to a rather makeshift looking wooden frame. Those represent the level of the floor in the bedroom wing. It’s difficult to see but it does give an indication of how high the house will be above the driveway.

One other important note about the job site… you’ll see there are very few power tools or other labor saving devices on the site. While the rough area was cut out with a backhoe, all the trenches are being dug with shovels and the rebar is being bent by hand. When you build in Costa Rica you really do get a hand made house.