January 2-7, 2006 // CONSTRUCTION LOG #65
Contact phone numbers
New York 315-279-6711 // Toronto 416-907-5758
Cell 506-305-3965 // Land 506-282-4142 Ext. 101
NOTE: our land line in CR has changed;
we are now integrated into the compound network.
Pictures: 121 / 122 / 123
The Story: Rushing to meet deadlines and slugging
through the work.
Weather: The weather has continued more overcast and
cool than normal for here. December was quite still;
January has seen the start of the trade winds and
that is probably partly to account for the cooler,
overcast weather. Based on previous years, this will
give way to mostly sunny skies.
Unit 106: Last week I wrote: "Unit 106 D is nearly
finished but is not there yet." Only on Saturday did
we get the appliance installed and touch ups. It
will be ready for occupancy Monday.
106 C: We are working double time to finish this
unit in time for the owner's arrival in the evening of
January 11. Lots of work yet to do but we still have
Units 121, 122, and 123:
121: The second floor is about 1/2 framed. The roof
framing will follow next week.
122: The exterior has been stuccoed and exterior
moldings are being applied; gutters installed; windows
are about 50% completed; staircase railing is
completed; ;all drywall boarding is completed, taped
and ready for primer paint following the clean up.
Final kitchen and closet design is required so the
cabinets can be built.
123:. The exterior is about the same level of finish
as 122. The interior drywall is a bit further behind
but should be finished next week. Taping has started.
Units 117-120: A little work but not much.
Units 101 and 102: No further progress on these; the
shoemaker is still shoeless.
Next Project: We received a response from the vendor
of the land we were interested in. It appears that at
this point in time, we value the land differently. We
are continuing to look.
Electrical System Upgrade: No progress. I'm
beginning to become very concerned. I've paid $10,000
for a transformer I don't have.
Marketing: We have several discussions going on Units
112 / 117 / and 118. We'll see if they lead to
anything. We also have several parties scheduled to
arrive that we are hosting while they check us out.
Next week will see the arrival of two parties who have
previously purchased and their houses are now ready
Roadway-west side: We are making the final
preparations for the paving.
Misc.: We are making some modifications to Unit 103;
The owner wanted some changes made.
We had a wonderful New Years dinner of about 16
people around the pool. More champagne than we could
drink so it's available for the next occasion.
Our friends from Calgary returned on Wednesday and
another friend from Victoria B.C. arrived the same
day. With our Calgary friends, we visited Samara for
two nights. Beautiful as always but a long drive (5
hrs going / 6 returning). Roads were mostly good.
Our purchaser friend, Joe, is still here. He extended
his stay due to bad weather in Toronto and bought
another house at Los Jardines. He will return this
week to Toronto for several weeks but he has scheduled
his next trip here in mid February. He's becoming
more comfortable being here-he has his computer, my
VOIP phone and has actually found himself relaxing at
the pool, working out a bit, along with a bit of work
which he can do from here-computer an phone-all he
We've re-found "The Grill" of The Monastery restaurant
in Escazu. It is reasonably priced, has a tremendous
view of the greater San Jose / Central Valley area and
has fantastic steaks. We've gone twice this week.
Lita has returned to her daily gym routine and is
working at loosing the 3 lbs she put on. I think she
is busy preparing a grand surprise birthday party for
me-my 60th-; there seems to be all types of
rendezvous, trips, conversations, etc. and chaos
reigns supreme. My hammock has grown cobwebs and Hugo
and I continue to look for a quiet corner.
A local person knew I was interested in orchids. He
had a large bunch. I bought them and he's installing
them on some old tree trunks I had purchased several
months ago with this purpose in mind. Currently, I
have 9 in bloom.
Brian, Lita, Hugo and irreverent Vicka, the pigeon