December 12-18, 2004 // CONSTRUCTION LOG #10
This week's story is about advancement on the front fence
and streetscape as well as the renovation of Units 105 and
Front Fence and Streetscape
The sidewalks and street curb are now poured. The east gate
is installed and painted but the electrics have yet to be
installed. The refinements and adjustments to the west gate
are now done and it operates as it should. The balance of
the columns have been formed and poured and all but three
of the spaces have been filled in with the chain link fence.
We've started the stucco process and had added moldings to
the top of the columns. The original design, when installed,
look like a giant phallic symbol -all we needed to do was
paint it pink and we could have had a very different statement
at the street. Needless to say, I changed the design. We are
still building the garbage areas. Stucco work has started;
we are using the same color as our neighbor to provide some
consistency to the streetscape. We will start the landscaping
on Monday. Landscaping will consist of palm trees in
the green space between the curb and sidewalk and some lower
plants. In addition, on the inside, fast growing vines with
blue and others with pink flowers will be planted in the planter
boxes. The bamboo will be replanted the inside. We hope it
comes back if we pour enough water on it.
Comment: the pedestrian and vehicle gates now seem
to be operating as they should and I am gaining confidence
in their performance. It's taken some adjustments, some user
education, and some patience amidst the frustration but I
think we are making progress.
it is now ready for painting and we have both the sealer
and finish paint on site. The kitchen and other millwork is
ready for installation as soon as we get it painted. We bought
the tile for the new area; we couldn't match the old tile
but found a pattern and color which complimented it so it
should be fine. The copula which acts as an architectural
feature as well as a ventilation shaft - is now framed. Window
frames are installed. All flashings and gutters are also installed.
We have the roof tile on site and will begin installation
next week. I decided to emphasize the entrance way by adding
some stone work for texture and contrast. When this and the
moldings I brought from Canada are added, it should make this
a very distinctive and attractive unit. Certainly, it's "presence"
is much more dramatic than before. This next week should see
the culmination of the previous 3 1/2 weeks work. I'm hoping
that it will be substantially completed by quitting time on
We had substantial difficulty sourcing the light weight tile
for the roof. After several false starts we finally have enough
on site for the roof. We expect to get more in January
when the factor open again for Unit 103.
The rough-framing, electrical, and plumbing -work is nearing
completion. The roof has been substantially restructured and
replaced. Instead of a cupola, we opted for 4 dormers to provide
the ventilation we need. We started drywall framing-there
isn't a lot to do. As per Unit 103, we have opted to put in
an all new kitchen made by the same cabinet maker who made
the other kitchens for the all new units. I'm expecting a
very dramatic product. The older cabinetry will be reworked
as closet built-ins.
Application for permits
Completed but now we wait as the various government agencies
are closed for the holidays.
We hosed a bar-b-q with friends on Sunday as well
as an impromptu dinner for 8 on Monday. We took Tuesday
to recuperate, and went to our favorite fish restaurant on
Wednesday. Pool on Thursday. My pool partner
crushed the fingers of his wife in the car door so she wouldn't
be as good; it worked, she wasn't. He's beginning to take
this game seriously although he better watch his marriage.
(Actually it was a terrible accident but not a lot of damage
Our friend Terry hosted a Christmas dinner party on Saturday.
He's a great cook and even though others contributed, his
food was it's normal fabulous self. Not only that but since
he only lives across the street, I could slither home without
fear of driving.
The Parrot: I've substituted the phone cord, which
she bit last week with an extension cord. So far, she hasn't
bitten into it. Darn!
Hugo: he's had a quiet week. No mice, no tragedies.
Lita: we tried to have her karaoke microphone fixed.
It didn't work; She's continued to recruit other help but
it is still not functioning.
She decided to help the laborers shovel gravel on Wednesday.
At first there were two others on the rock pile. Soon there
were about five. They were all having a wonderful time. Later
that night Lita realized they were probably looking at her
breasts and that was the reason for the great time!!!!!! Anyway,
it was a good laugh when she realized what was probably going
The construction workers are planning on a pig roast Friday
afternoon. It ought to be fun. They will do all the work.
I expect it will be cooked on an open fire with the unusable
form wood. I expect Lita will get involved in some way -rice
or something- and I'll contribute a couple cases of beer and
perhaps the inevitable black beans.
I've been wanting to get a VOIP (voice over internet protocol)
telephone system working here. With the high speed internet
cable we have, I'm told it should work. It will allow me,
and others, to make and receive long distance phone calls
to Canada and to the U.S. in a seamless manner and be billed
as a local call. It uses a regular telephone which is hooked
into a router. In addition, I will use my Toronto phone number
as a virtual number such that any calls to that number are
routed to me and billed as a local phone call. This is very
new technology although the capability has been around a few
years. The local phone provider here acting like any good
monopoly who is hopelessly incompetent and technologically
outdated would like to outlaw it -but it's going to be very
difficult. The former owner of the property ventured into
the satellite TV business -one of our TV systems was purchased
thru him -has a a VOIP system he'll be hooking it up this
next week for us to test out.