Jan. 3-5, 2005 // CONSTRUCTION LOG #13
Synopsis: This was an incredibly hectic, chaotic,
frustrating and yet rewarding week. I hope not to go through
another one like it but think that is wishful thinking.
Comment: We are down about 10 employees this week.
It happens every holiday -they go to Nicaragua to see their
families and have difficulty getting back into the country.
The stucco work was finished and the lights installed. Now,
only the trim needs to be finished. The waste containment
area is now essentially completed. The roof up to the tin
was installed and is now awaiting the installation of clay
tile. The walls were parged and stuccoed and the exterior
and interior gating systems were installed. The inside access
needs to be covered with a cloth like material to prevent
visibility to allow airflow. The irrigation systems is ye
to be finished.
storage, laundry room, and employee change room)
The structural steel work is now completed. It will be boarded
and the roof installed next week. This has gone o.k. given
that we have nothing other than an floor plan -the architect
never got around to giving us anything else.
Compost and Garden Centre
We've started work on this and should be completed next
week. It is not too complicated -three containment areas and
one for the shredder along with a cement pad as a work area
-mixing, plant propagation area, etc. It is located in an
well hidden area.
All the substrate is in and compacted. Screed lines are
mostly in place and the first coat of for parging has been
applied. Next week we will begin paging the interior and exterior
walls we have erected.
Unit 105: it is completed. Everything works. As usually,
there's a day's work yet fixing some finishing issues. We
are in the process of landscaping it. It really came out great;
better than envisioned and will serve as a model for other
units. The pictures tell part of the story as interior pictures
don't show very well. The rock was sealed with two coats for
matte sealer, then grouted, and then sealed again. At the
last minute I decided to put in a ceramic backsplash-it was
functional and provided "eye candy"; viewing it
now, it was certainly the correct decision.
Unit 103: Work has continued to advance on this. Boarding
and taping are essentially completed. Exterior base coat of
stucco has been applied. Most of the tile work has been done.
It is nearing the painting stage. Kitchen and other cabinetry
work has been ordered. The "eye candy" is beginning
to be applied and next week's pictures should show a significant
change. It needs to be completed by Jan. 18 as we have guests
for a few nights and the unit is rented effective February
1. They are working overtime to make it but they will. The
paint might still be wet and a few tiles might jiggle a bit
but we should make it.
Unit 104: This will be the next victim of renovation.
The guy worked overtime on Saturday afternoon to clear
it of furniture and make it ready for renovation first thing
Monday... Target date for completion if mid February.
The exterior will be developed similar to #105 with entry
and copula being the same. I'm thinking of using a different
color rock for the entry way.
Unit 108: We are still trying to get a design for
this. The first one is not adequate. I have a working session
scheduled for Monday with the architect. As a fall
back plan, I have accepted an offer from another architect
to provide some ideas.
This week we gained two new tenants -one effective immediately
and the other Feb. 1. We also received an offer to purchase
#105. I'm going to have to renegotiate a couple things on
it. If it doesn't go, then I believe I have several other
people waiting in the wings.
The brother of my investment counselor from Toronto looked
us over this week while in the country on holidays. He expects
to return in a month or so, whenever we have a vacancy such
that we can accommodate him on site so he can live here for
a week or so and get a better fell for the property, area,
Others are coming in a couple weeks to check us out and will
be here for 5 nights or so.
Building permit re-application
We're out of step 1 and into step 2: Monday we are
suppose to hear how long it will take at that stage.
And last, but not least, the filter on the large pool had
to replaced. Guess the sand is only good for a couple years.
We're still learning.
The auxiliary leach line and sump pit was filled in and is
There have been some do to lack of detailed supervision.
I've had to be off site getting materials, talking with perspective
renters/purchasers, entertaining life long friends who are
staying with us, the site superintendent was away parts of
several days, work strung out at different stages, etc. A
door got hung backwards (the working foreman wore a "dunce"
cap for a day and then we moved on), the rock on the entrance
was started to be installed incorrectly, landscaping was done
differently than planned. All these were little things and
we recovered from them without major impact but they shouldn't
have happened. Renovation work is simply more complex and
requires many onsite decisions by workers and by me. I've
simply been strung out too much this past week.
The special "repello" product fell off the wall
when it dried. We called the supplier and he said he had had
problems with a batch because of bad cement he got which is
one of the ingredients. He replaced all our supply and we're
now back in business at that end. He's also invited us tomorrow
afternoon/evening to his mountain weekend retreat where he
says we can see an absolutely magnificent sunset and evening
view -it's way, way, way up in the mountains; hope we find
it and then find our way back in the dark. If you don't hear
from me next week, I'm still lost.
Dagwood Sandwich party: a great success, lots of fun. I think
Terry Quinn got the prize for the best sandwich-I don't know
how it got is mouth around it. We had shaved roast pork, pastrami,
rare tenderloin of beef, roast chicken, salami, and tuna fish
for the non-meat eaters, and of course a variety of breads,
accompaniments on the sandwiches, etc. I left at 8 pm when
I had solved all the world's problems and was out of beer.
The rest of the social week was much the same-delicious meals-grilled
marlin (my favorite), steak and ribs at our local Santa Ana
restaurant, and of course Manchu Piccu fish restaurant came
Our friends from Quebec went to the coast for several days
and returned here on Wednesday. This has been a wonderful
change for them and a real treat for all of us to renew our
friendship of 35 years.
My Canadian friendly electrician arrives this week on a cheap
($358 RT / Air Transat) fare. He'll be here off and on for
Weather here has been cooler than normal; that is to say,
it's been around 23º C with a fair amount of clouds.
No rain for us; some showers in San Jose. This is not a hardship;
just a comment.
I noticed the price of a head of butter leaf lettuce: 28
cents USD. We're making Caesar salad and spaghetti with fresh
baguette this evening. Somehow, my friend remembers my spaghetti.
He's supplying the red wine. Sounds great to me!!!!!!!
The parrot and Hugo? I think they're still here. I haven't
had time to spend with them. Hugo bit my hand in the middle
of the night to tell me he had no food. I suggested he consider
Bye from: Brian, Lita, Hugo, and the parrot.