August 29-September 3, 2005 // CONSTRUCTION LOG #47
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.
The dominate story this week —and a gut wrenching
story it is— is one which I cannot tell: Let it be
said that not all the crooks are yet in jail and the
future of this country is likely to be a continuation
of the past. I'm disappointed but now more
experienced. As my more experienced partner points
out, it's the same in N. Am. and around the world.
We currently have about 60 people and that's where we
expect to stay for the near term.
114, 115, and 116: Window installation has started;
drywall finishing including the valence is finished in
114 and 116. Priming paint of 114 is completed and
started on 116. Cana brava is finished on 114 and 20%
finished on the balance. All interior and exterior
window moldings are finished. Stucco has been started
and is about 20% done. The tile roof is virtually
finished on the upper and largest section; the two
lower sections will be finished by the middle of next
week. Cabinetry for 114 is nearly ready for
installation. Ceramic floors will begin to be
installed next week along with the doors. Final
selection of granite and marble have been made for 114
Unit 106: All the blocks are laid and the structural
reinforcing columns have been formed and poured.
Framing for the collar tie and the window arches is
being done now. The rough-in electrical and plumbing
has been completed. The substrate for the ground
floor slab has been completed on one side.
Units 121, 122, and 123: We have excavated for 123
and 121; In 123 the re-bar reinforcing cages are
being set in place along with the structure for the
columns. Unit 122 has undergone a minor redesign
according to the wants of the would be purchasers. We
seem to have been able to accommodate their needs and
have created a really great design. As a result, 122
underwent a minor revision as well.
Units 117-120: The terrace sub-roof was finished, and
upper and back roofs of 119 and 120 are nearly
finished. We need this completed so that we have a
dry area and can relocate drywall from the
warehouse-the warehouse is now sitting on the site of
122 preventing further excavation.
Units 101 and 102: Unit 101 (ground floor) will be
our future home. Right now we live in the "low rent
district" —the last remaining original house. I've
worked out what I think will be a really great design
—my wife and I each get what we want and I keep my
hammock. We have yet to finalize the upper level
unit; it would be nice to be the same as the lower
level but we have a staircase which causes some
Marketing: I expect to pen an agreement on 122 this
week. I've recruited a person to contact local
Telemarketing campaign: I'm told that something
should happen this coming week. Again, we'll see.
Next Project: We have decided to wait a bit until we
have commitments for at least two more units. If the
land we love is still available, great; if not, we
Weather: It's rained for some period in the
afternoons of about 4 days. The rest of the time has
been great working weather.
Boat: It's sold. Final payment and exchanges should
occur this week.
Papaya: several months ago, Lita bought a
particularly nice-juicy, sweet, and deep red colored —papaya. We loved it so much, we saved the seeds and
asked the gardener to plant them. He did and we now
have 14 seedlings which will be planted around the
compound when construction is further advanced and the
seedlings are a bit stronger.
Oranges / limes / lemons: the trees are loaded.
Brian, Lita, Hugo and irreverent Vicka, the pigeon