Progress Update – Week 31

Yes. I skipped a week. Since Week 29 photos were taken when week 30 was more than half over and little changed in the last few days of week 30, it seemed okay to skip.

We’re down to the fine details now ceiling mounted speakers, bathroom towel rods, toilet paper holders, shower soap dishes, etc. The masonry crew is finishing up all the stone work on the exterior of the house. They have cleaned the mortar residue from Continue reading

Progress Update – Week 29

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

Progress Update – Week 28

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.

Progress Update – Week 27

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.

Progress Update – Week 26

I’m beginning to sound like a broken record but in this case I’m quite happy to be just that… At Casa Bellamar, all is well!

The pool deck structure was completed this week and tile laid. The crew started setting the stonework on the facade of the bedroom wing and completed the stone work on the inside of the entry fountain. They still need to clean off the residual mortar but it is BEAUTIFUL!

They also finished up all the rough work on the pool so next week they can start tiling it… yes, tiling the pool. In Costa Rica the pools are finished out with tile instead of plaster. It’s going to be beautiful too. We had originally envisioned the pool deck seamlessly running up to the edge of the pool but Fernando and Roberto were looking out for us. They pointed out that the pool deck backs up to the mountain and while we will have a drain to capture water that runs off the hill, a heavy rain could overflow the drain and muddy water would flow across the deck and into the pool. They suggested a low coping around the edge of the pool. With that, all the water will flow around the pool and off the edges. As an added bonus: when we’re old and I’m in a wheelchair it will be harder for Ted to ‘accidentally’ roll me into the pool. Thanks Fernando.

Speaking of tile, they completed the tile work in all the main rooms, hallways, terraces, and deck this week. We reserved closets and showers to the end. If we do run low on tile and have to change colors, it won’t matter much if one of the closets or showers doesn’t match the rest of the house.

The electrician has been busy finishing up the wiring and installing lights and fans. We discovered that many of the can light fixtures we bought had a common flaw and will have to be returned and replaced. This is not a huge problem. it’s just an inconvenience as the store is 2.5 hours away in San Jose.

The glass installers were also busy this week. They got all the sliding glass doors in. You’ll notice a gap between the top of the doors and the frame of the opening. That will be fixed glass. They will install those this week along with the remainder of the windows.

Things are progressing nicely. Fernando tells us that the cabinet maker will deliver the interior doors and trim boards this week. That will go a long way toward making the house look complete. Cabinets will come the week after that. The end is in site.

Or is it the beginning…?