September 17-22, 2007 // CONSTRUCTION LOG #154
Contact phone numbers
New York: 315-279-6711
Toronto: 416-907-5758 // 416-461-2203
Land: 506-282-4142 Ext. 101
NOTE: the New York and Toronto numbers are "local calls" for people in the area codes; calls from outside the area code will be billed at the normal rate from the caller's area code to either the "315" or the "416" area code.
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 and meeting with City
Engineer -a non-event
Pictures: more land grading and future location of the Mayan tower.
Architect: We now have finished renderings for the
third set of buildings and are waiting for the next
set which will complete the work we've designed so
far. There is still the Mayan Tower (a 5 story
building including parking) but that is not yet
finished and two other buildings which we'll work on
down the road-they will be the last to be marketed and
Structural Engineer: we are awaiting his solution to
the Mayan Tower before finishing the floor plans. We
don't want to have a column required for support in
the middle of the living room.
Electro-mechanical engineer: We now have some costs
on which to extend our pricing. No surprises from
what we had allowed for but now we have a better basis
for our allowance.
Well Application: we continue to wait
Quebrada: this land fill is nearly completed. If the
rains would have been lighter this week, it would have
been completed. As it is, the backhoe had to use it's
digger to pull himself out of the holes he kept
sinking into. We kept a flag pole on the bull dozer
so we could find it when it sank out of sight as well.
Pre-Approval: This was a non-event as we expected.
The City Engineer asked questions on items which were
important to him. We had anticipated all this and
were well within the zoning guidelines as we knew
them. The City's new master plan for the area does
not affect us. The Engineer wanted some additional
information which the architect is getting for him.
We feel comfortable in advancing and we are not
expecting any surprises —from the City of Santa Ana
Fence: this work continues. I've found a source for
bamboo plants-I calculate that I need about
1000 - $0.67 each. So far, the source doesn't seem too
motivated... I may continue looking.
Web site: we have continued to work on this and a
number of issues outstanding for Paul and I have been
decided and incorporated into the content. However,
I continue to keep thinking of missing information.
I'm sure that when everything is done, we will have
one of the most, if not the most, detailed information
of any development. Areas where information is not
yet available will be noted and added later. This
coming week should see the finish of the English text
which will be translated into Spanish by our
Argentinean support people. Jan and I will move on
to organizing the house renderings, floor plans,
optional upgrades, and Paul and I will debate final
prices. So far, our working figure seems to be
holding up fairly well.
Marketing: We have the photographs from the
professional photographer which will be integrated
into our web site and marketing info. We didn't like
the pricing of one rendering company so are still
looking to source that need. Brochure, folder, misc.
handouts, etc. are nearing completion.
Legal counsel: This is still in flux. We continue to
re-think this and have not yet made a final decision.
We interview one more company on Monday. We have to
make a decision but it has to be the right
decision-and so far, both options have been lacking in
Note: Comparative Shopping: On Friday, I visited two
developments which I thought might be a useful basis
for comparison and was saddened and gladdened that
they weren't. One is a townhouse development having
medium end finishes. It was disappointing in a number
of respects but the price was perhaps consistent with
the package. The other development I felt held
promise-detached houses in a natural setting. I left
there not knowing what I would get-no renderings, no
floor plans, a $5 site plan, fancy entrance way, and
no information on finishes. There was no marketing
package; no finishing package; no information on the
developer; etc. No on site management; no leasing or
property management program. I did seem to understand
that the price was $140 ft2 / or $1,400 m2. I had
thought that 5 years after the design concept of Los
Jardines, someone might have advanced their designs
and product offerings. Perhaps I'm hard to please;
perhaps I'm overly critical.
Marketing Manger: he continues doing just fine.
RESIDENCIAS LOS JARDINES
For Sale: nothing available at the moment
Unit 121 for the month of Oct. — $ 1,550
Unit 106A immediate thru Nov.30 — $ 950.
A baby is born: This past year has seen three
weddings and a baby. The baby was born a month early
and weighed in at 5 lbs 8 oz. - both mom and baby are
doing fine; dad is handing our good cigars... Delivery
was done at CIMA hospital. For those interested:
total cost of hospital, operating room for the "C"
section, circumcision, all doctors and nurses,
support services, and 2 nights in the
hospital --$4,000. Cigars extra!!!
Texas Hold-em: is back on track after two weeks of not
having a quorum.
Weather: lots of rain-every afternoon and into the
Hugo: his hair is beginning to re-grow on his tummy.
Whatever caused the loss of it, I'll never know but a
changed diet and a closed door so his buddies can't
come visit him are the only changes I'm aware of.
Pineapple Harvest: After nearly two years of nursing
along some pineapple plants we had our first harvest.
It was disappointing —three small white pineapples off
16 plants. The pineapples were good tasting but
small —obviously this is not the climate for them and
even though they had lots of water, the temperature is
probably not warm enough in the Central Valley. I
also planted the sweeter yellow variety of pineapple
but none of those have borne fruit.
Vicka: gets her daily dose of rainwater. Lita is
rarely around to bring her in before the rain and the
stupid bird won't get on any stick I put out for it.
Brian, Lita, Hugo, irreverent Vicka, the pigeon toed
parrot, and the newbies- Chico and Chica.