August 28 - September 2, 2006 // CONSTRUCTION LOG #99
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.
Pictures: house 101 / 102 and Rio Oro.
The Story: The clean up continues and details get attention. The transformer IS operating.
Weather: overcast with frequent rains.
Clean-up: We moved much of the surplus construction materials to Rio Oro. Next week should see the last of the clean up and the substantial advancement of the final landscaping.
Unit 102: Floor tiling has started, and the installation of doors, cabinets and kitchen has started. We’ve started the landscaping of the exterior by relocating a number of larger plants from places which they had outgrown —more needs to be done. Next week will see the completion of the landscaping. The wall mounted water fountains are suppose to be installed next week.
Lockers: We didn’t get the landscaping finished but that will happen next week. All the lockers are now ready for use complete with shelving for those who wanted it. Final painting will happen this next week.
Electrical System Upgrade: FINALLY the meters are installed and the transformer is hooked up. Lights are bright and motors are happy. All the houses will be connected by next week. I’m going to buy a bottle of champagne —only 14 mo. for what should have been a 2 mo. issue.
Marketing: One Tico family continues to look lovingly at 102. I hope it happens. One member of the family is tired of maintaining an old house; another side of the family lives alone and was recently robbed so she is looking for security.
Internet: Working fine
Rio Oro Development
Surplus construction materials are stored in the containers. We continue to look for a large enough generator for welding. We’ve bought some construction equipment which will be useful on this next development. Trees which can NOT be cut have been identified —all others can be sacrificed IF need be and we will explore all possibilities before making a decision to sacrifice a major tree. We can now proceed to locate the roads. The major trees whether cutable or not cutable need to be located on paper prior to finalizing lots and roadways.
I have reviewed one proposal. It looks very interesting. At first blush, only a couple minor changes I would like to explore.
I’ve walked an adjacent 2,500 meters which we are interested in acquiring. It’s not very good for construction which we suspected but ownership would give us control over an additional 400 meters of the stream. The owner is talking an unrealistic price but sanity might set in; we don’t need the land and it is of little value to anyone else —we’ll see.
We’ve continued to organize and sort things out in our house. The shower doors, the sidelights to the main door, the terrace table and chairs, and the full length dressing mirror for Lita have been added this week. Yet to be finished is the hook up of the clothes washing machine (the hose is too short), the installation of the dishwasher which we now have, the completion of the non-slip surface on the ramp, the terrace built-in bar-b-q and sink area, the installation of the wall mounted water fountains and the breakfast stools.
One of our residents returned after 6 wks. in Canada and we’ve enjoyed his company. We’ve also gotten to know one of our residents whom we had not met before. We’ve had several memorable dinners on our terrace and I’ve been working at creating a body impression in the hammock —the cigar stock is getting low.
I have two decorating jobs to do —119 and 109— one this month and one next month. This use to be fun; now it’s just more work.
One of our resident friends will be returning from Florida this next week —we’re looking forward to that as well.
We will be leaving CR for Georgia as soon as I get a renewed passport.
Our lives are beginning to settle a bit —thankfully.
Brian, Lita, Hugo and irreverent Vicka, the pigeon toed parrot.