September 10-15, 2007 // CONSTRUCTION LOG #153
Contact phone numbers
New York: 315-279-6711
Toronto: 416-907-5758 // 416-461-2203
Land: 506-282-4142 Ext. 101
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NOTE: WHEN I STARTED RESIDENCIAS LOS JARDINES, I STARTED WRITING A WEEKLY NEWS LETTER—DEETERMINED TO TELL ALL THE GOOD, BAD, AND THE UGLY. I KNEW SOME READERS WERE INTERESTED IN THE CONSTRUCTION PROCESS. OTHERS WERE INTERESTED IN HAVING INSIGHT TO THE LIFESTYLE OF TWO PEOPLE WHO HAD DECIDED TO LIVE OUTSIDE THE BOX. FOR OTHERS, THE ADVENTURES OF LITA, THE PARROT AND THE CAT TOOK ON AN ENTERTAINMENT SAGA ALL ITS OWN.
RESIDENCIAS LOR JARDINES IS FINISHED. WE PERIODICALLY HAVE RESALES AND RENTAL AVAILABILTY. SOME READERS MAY BE INTERESTED IN THIS INFORMATION.
MORE AND MORE, THE CONTENT WILL BE DOMINATED BY EVENTS OF OUR NEW PROJECT, “EL DORADO” FOR SHORT. WHILE THE FUTURE IS ALWAYS UNCERTAIN, I AGAIN AIM TO TELL IT LIKE IT HAPPENS—THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY, AND THAT IS WHAT FOLLOWS:
The STORY: moving slowly along
Pictures: land grading and future location of the
Architect: We now have two styles of houses
finished —renderings and floor plans. I’m waiting for
the third set to be finished. Since this is similar
to another set we’ve finished, it should be available
soon. I’ve worked with the marketing manager to
identify and link the optional built-in furniture and
features to a spreadsheet so that purchasers can see
the options and know the price.
Structural Engineer: this meeting didn’t happen until
Wednesday. He’ll pick up the conversation with the
architect and give us a solution as to how to structure it.
Electro-mechanical engineer: I’ve encouraged him to
move along on the pricing.
Well Application: we continue to wait
Quebrada: We’ve continued to move surplus soil from
selected areas into the quebrada. We didn’t have a
lot of rain this week so the bulldozer and backhoes
worked most of the week. A lot of dirt was moved;
more needs to be done but if the weather holds, it
will be finished this week. And then we will move to
some large scale landscaping—ie. planting some
decorative flowering trees
Pre-Approval: We have a meeting set for 11:30 Monday
morning. We’ve met with the lawyer, architect to
identify the material we need and what and how to
present and to clarify what we want from the City.
Fence: this work continues. I’ve found a source for
bamboo plants —I calculate that I need about
1000— $0.67 each.
Web site: the artwork is nearly ready to send to the
people in Argentina. The marketing manager and I have
worked on this throughout the week. I keep thinking
of additional material which we should include. I
draft what the content should be; he polishes it. We
have the website outlined; we have lots of missing
information yet to create and the people in Argentina
will have to make it all work —bit by bit.
Marketing: We have reviewed some billboard
advertisements and have spoken with an architectural
renderer. We’re still thinking about both. We hired
a professional photographer to take pictures of the
land including the stream and points of interest
around Santa Ana. I’ll get the results Monday. Many
of these will go on the website and perhaps into
various marketing material.
Legal counsel: We have decided on legal counsel. We
are going with a husband and wife team with Nuria
being the lead person. She is an expert in condo law
and registration. She is not part of a large fancy
big name law firm but she has given us the clearest
answers on the spot to questions we’ve asked and it is
that reason we have selected her. She has several
high profile clients in Escazu and in Guanacaste.
She also offered the best price for our clients.
Missing information: Paul and I have a number of
things to decide.
Marketing Manger: The kid is bright, very bright.
He’s bringing us solutions and working with us towards
decisions. He doesn’t watch the clock —we’ve worked
well into the evenings on several nights. He has
contacts and puts us in touch with them to explore
possibilities. I’m glad I’m not competing with him.
Paul brought back a super computer for him and we now
have him set up in a home office with all the office
equipment he will need. We have yet to get his VOIP
phone up and running but that will be early next week.
He is about the only person I’ve found who’s writing
is equal to or better than mine. I usually produce
the draft and let him polish it. Together we do the
editing and there often times isn’t much needed.
RESIDENCIAS LOS JARDINES
For Sale: nothing available at the moment
Unit 121 for the month of October — $
Unit 106A immediate through
November 30 — $ 950.
New gardener: the replacement person we hired is
working out fine —I’m very pleased.
Street Chaos: the developer beyond us has been
putting in a rainwater culvert and a sewer pipe for
the past three weeks. To do this, the street has been
continuously torn up. I don’t think I would have done
it as they have —seems very inefficient and expensive.
I would have used an entirely different strategy.
There may be a rationale to their method but I’m still
trying to understand it. However, it is not my call;
I just have to live with the process.
Weather: mostly beautiful, clear mornings with little
rain this week.
I’ve been working so much that I don’t remember having
Paul did return with a bag full of Stilton cheese—I
love it—and it is one of the few things I haven’t yet
found in CR. Now I can have a cigar, 23 yr. old
Guatamalan rum—best rum I’ve ever had—and a relaxing
lay in the hammock.
Paul and Esther are going fishing at a trout farm.
Catch your own and they cook it. It’s one of a few
places east of Cartago up in the hills where it’s
cooler so the fish ought to be great.
Saturday is an national holiday —the liberation from
Spanish rule. It is a date celebrated in many parts
of Central American. Although Spain never seemed to
have too much interest in what is now CR –mainly
because there were few people here so not much slave
labor and no substantial civilization or wealth to
plunder, it is a date still celebrated. Snare drums
banging away all week and today there will be many
parades and fireworks.
Brian, Lita, Hairless Hugo, irreverent Vicka, the
pigeon toed parrot, and the newbies— Chico and Chica.