August 14-20, 2005 // CONSTRUCTION LOG #45
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: advances in 106 and 114-116.
Permit: We've been jumping through hurdles this week
but are told that we will have it at 1PM Monday. At
that time we will have to show that we have paid the
equivalent of workmen's compensation insurance. The
amount is based 35% of the total cost of construction
as estimated by the college of engineers and
architects. In our case, this is a bit over $6,000.
The last payment will bevfor the construction permit
itself. It is calculated at .25% of 1% of the total
cost of construction. In our case, it works out to be
about $4,000. So for 10 houses, the cost for both
insurance and permits is about $1,000 per house.
New Construction: On the triplex (114, 115, 116).
Drywall framing and boarding work has continued as
well as the creation of the entrance to 115-the corner
unit. Much of the interior boarding is done and the
first coat of taping is done. In Unit 114, the
interior grey work was covered by several coats of a
white wall finishing compound. In addition, the
valances in 114 were mostly framed. These valances
provide direct and indirect lighting at a height which
is useful and which allows bulbs to be changed. The
soffits and facias are mostly completed and the
moldings around the windows, both interior and
exterior, are also mostly completed. I've let the
contract for the roofing and am waiting on suitable
quotes for windows and closets.
Unit 106: The re-bar columns were set in place along
with the other re-bar needed for the block work. The
footings were poured and block followed. We are
probably about 35% finished with the block work on the
ground floor. Next week we will continue with this
work as well as fill, level, and compact the interior
substrate in preparation for the concrete slab which
will follow the installation of the plumbing and
Unit 107: Mainly cleaning and decorating. We added a
bit more "eye candy" to the exterior and got the
sandblasted parrot window installed to the back
terrace. The granite around the Jacuzzi needed a bit
of tweeking but that is now done so final installation
and cleaning will be completed this week.
Marketing: We had some guests on site who are
considering moving from Phoenix to CR. We just lead
them to the airport so they could catch their return
flight. Unfortunately for them, they spent most of
their time here lost -the decided to lease a car and
drive- so weren't able to get as much done as they had
planned. Costa Rica is a difficult country to drive in
because there few signs, no road names or street
names or number. This besides a rather chaotic system
and incomprehensible system of roadways.
Telemarketing campaign: it appears he's run into a
technical glich which he's having to resolve. We'll
Next Project: We've focused on this to some extent.
My partner has walked the land (loves it like I do),
he's met with the owner, we've reviewed it with one of
several architects. We are preparing an offer and have
a meeting with the owner on Monday afternoon.
We currently figure that the best use of the land is
to developed free hold lots for houses in the
$175-$250K price and where the lot is steep, to put
condominiums which would be tiered down the fall of
the land with parking at the top. Elevators would be
required. All condos would have a fantastic view, a
large front terrace and we'll figure out a way to put
in a swimming pool in each, Again, the target price
would be in the same bracket.
Weather: It hasn't rained much this week.
Canuk: while he's not getting any younger, his skin
condition is clearing up.
Boat: I'm waiting for the current survey from which
certain things are suppose to happen. I was suppose
to have that last week but it didn't happen. I'm
again promised it for Monday. We'll see.
Saturday last Lita had her hair cut by a Cuban guy who
was staying on the property. Sunday she went back for
"highlights". She returned a virtual blond -heavy
on the highlights. Anyway, she is now getting to
experience life as a blond, something she's always
wanted. She was immediately threatened with the dumb
blond jokes. In the morning she said to me: "I don't
want any blond dumb jokes"... (English is not her
first language and never paying attention to "dumb
blond jokes" she did a number on her self.
Parrot: It is now confirmed (even Lita has to admit
it).. Vicka is a moron -or in politically correct
speech- she's mentally challenged. She was doing a
"walkabout" in the little garden area in front of us
which consists of a variety of trees, flowers, palms
and orchids, etc. One palm is a "fan palm" having
huge (2+' diameter) leaves. We had a torrential
downpour for about 20 min one day in which at least
an inch of water fell. Lita was worried; I said don't
bother, she'll get under a leaf; parrots have to get
use to this in the wild. When the rain let up, the
bloody parrot was found clinging to the top, top palm
leaf, soaked through, looking like a real, drowned,
scrawny parrot. I almost felt sorry for the little
bugger until she tried to bite me.
Thursday was another "client appreciation night" at
our main materials supplier-great snakes / dinner,
open bar-wine, beer, scotch (Old Parr). Paul, Mike,
the site superintendent as well as the electrician
were invited. We had a great time and made out own
little party out of it. I also saw a new product that
I'm really excited about; it solves a number of
problems for the next project.
Brian, Lita, Hugo and irreverent Vicka, the pigeon