October 9-15, 2005 // CONSTRUCTION LOG #53
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: misc. of all areas under construction.
The story this week is MARKETING
RAIN!!!! We've had it in spades this week. We're
getting an opportunity to fine tune our rainwater
manage system - unfortunately it is still
incomplete... We've had more rain this year than last
but so has much of Central America and the Eastern
U.S. seaboard. It has affected some of our
114, 115, and 116: 115 is the only unit in this
complex which is still unfinished. Next week should
see that accomplished. Units 114 and 116 are occupied
and only minor clean up items remain. I'm having
problems with the color scheme of 115; I'm not
decorator; I've surprised myself up to now but my
real limitations are showing up on this one.
Unfortunately, I haven't been able to find a local
decorator who's tastes are N. Am. -royal blues, reds,
an purples probably won't fly with my clientele.
Unit 106: Progressing nicely. All the grey work is
done on the two lower units. They are both ready for
drywall and the finishing white coat on the wall. The
structural steel framing of the roof is finished on
one of the units; next week will see the completion
of the other side. Kitchen designs have been chosen
by the purchasers. I'll soon begin working with the
purchaser on selecting the finishing colors and tiles.
Units 121, 122, and 123: Rain has affected the
progress on these units as well as a design issue on
122. Those issues are now resolved and I hope to get
back on track -weather permitting..
Units 117-120: These units have been less affected
by the rain as the roof is on. The grey work is now
completed and the drywall boarding is about 50%
completed. Progress from here on should be faster.
Units 101 and 102: No progress.
Electrical System Up grade: It's been messy due to
the rain but the main busses and the meter bases are
installed. The vault for the 167KV transformer is
built and the transformer is on site. Next week
should see the beginning of the end of this..
Marketing: This week saw a SIGNIFICANT increase in
the level of interest and inquiries. I spent a
significant portion of my time not only on website
inquiries but also people in the country seriously
looking. We now have three different parties
interested in 123 as well as 113. I fully expect an
offer on both units next week. On Friday I hosted a
young couple from San Jose, California who are looking
to make an investment. They were absolutely AMAZED
and taken aback at the quality and level of detail and
One of our focuses this week was to prepare a unit for
a couple who were scheduled to arrive. This had been
planed for several months. They are moving to Los
Jardines from Tamarindo where they've lived for
several years. They've followed this project for
about 6 mo. or more. They contributed a nice bulk of
used clothing which will be added to that contributed
by 113, 108 and 107. We now have enough to proceed.
We also had some reconditioning to do on a unit
purchased by another couple. This latter issue is
The brochures: I approved the final draft. They
should be printed this time next week. We'll begin
the distribution process immediately.
Date base names: I've authorized my web master in
Argentina to begin doing what is necessary to make
this happen. We should be ready to go in about 10
days. I'll be interested to see what happens. I'll
be sharing this experience with several people-what
goes around, comes around.
The closings of 107 and 108 are going as scheduled.
I'm currently working with two parties, both civilians
stationed in Iraq. From the pictures they send and
their descriptions, Costa Rica has to be a paradise
of peace, tranquility, and lush tropical vegetation.
I'm sure they have lots of stories to tell; I hope to
hear them over a beer.
Comment: All of our mechanical and telecommunications
systems are becoming reliable. This is a nice
experience and I hope it remains so.
CableTica, the cable TV company didn't like the way we
wired the TV access. They seemed to want us to buy
their cable -I'm not sure what the outcome will be
but so far we've said, "no" you want customers, you
supply and install YOUR cable. We'll supply the leads
to each house. We're waiting for their response...
Useful Websites on Costa Rica
I've been sick as a dog this week with a vicious
cold-mean but quick. I got ride of it by giving it to
Lita. I'm now the dog!!!!!. Last night Lita and the
parrot had a nice sleep (maybe the parrot will get the
cold and... he he he!; It was absolutely amazing to
see the two of them snoozing-I could get jealous!
Lita woke up to bird poop -I don't think this will
happen again. Besides, I had Hugo... he goes
outside to do his business . I like that and he's
quiet about it as well.
All is well although the rain is getting to be a drag.
We've got another month or so and then it's dry, dry,
dry for 5 months.
The boat: too many players and too many coffee
breaks. The purchaser is committed and so am I; it
will happen. We just have to work through others.
Brian, Lita, Hugo and irreverent Vicka, the pigeon