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
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
Yet another week of excellent progress. Our friends who live in Costa Rica are all telling us that the rainy season has been especially heavy this year. In spite of that our builder, Fernando, and his crew have managed to stay right on schedule. We are very pleased about that. Continue reading
Roberto reports that our builder, Fernando, has advanced more in some areas than others and not quite according to the original plan Fernando laid out but overall the project is advancing and the work all looks good. This marks the end of the first month of construction and Fernando assures us Continue reading
We had a little setback this week. Heavy rains one day washed some of the loose soil down from our lot onto the lower end of our neighbors lot. Other than the mess, it did not cause any damage but it did take several of our workers the better part of a day to clean it up. They also installed Continue reading
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.