Feb. 27-Mar. 5, 2005 // CONSTRUCTION LOG #21
Synopsis: The main priority this week was advancing
Unit 108: Some 20+ people helped advance this house.
Most of the exterior boarding work is done with the base stucco
layer applied. Interior boarding is done on the ground floor
and taping will be finished by Sunday. The kitchen
contract has been let and the designs for the various other
cabinets -two entertainment walls as well as bedroom closets
with full organizers-are in the final stages of design and
the contract should be let today.
Roadway and Parking: curbs advanced and various clean
up work related to the rainwater management system were completed.
Laundry Room: the last remaining laundry room was
sited and the base slab will be poured Monday.
Construction Permit: Developments this past week suggest
that the impasse should be broken this week.
Unit 106: We now have a design I'm considering: a
4-plex consisting of two ground floor units and two upper
units. Each unit has a flexible design-either two bedrooms
and two on-suite bathrooms or one bedroom with an extended
living area or den/office. Each unit has two (front and back)
terraces. The interior space is about 850 sf and including
the terraces the total area is around 1,150 sf. The lower
units should sell for around $70-$75K and the upper for $85-$90,000.
Furnished monthly rental should be around $800-$900. I have
a computer rendering and floor plan on my computer if anyone
would like to see them.
New Construction: we continue to advance this slowly-filling
in columns, wiring the structural rebar together to form a
completely integrated structural element. completing all the
rain water drainage connections, etc.
A major trimming was given to the largest fichus benjamina
tree on the property. It hurts to see such a magnificent tree
become a victim of it's own success but now we will be able
to control the canopy better (as well as the roots) such that
it doesn't crowd out other desirable trees. It looks awful
now but in 6 mo. its current state will be unrecognizable.
Construction Trade Show: on this weekend. I'm going.
I went several years ago and it's a good education-new products
and sources of supply.
Gardener and the Iguana He found one on the property; first
we've seen. Perhaps 2' long including the tail. Lita didn't
believe me when I speculated it ended up on his dinner table.
She asked him the next day how he cooked it and he told her
in great detail
New Property: One of my neighbors approached me. He's
committed on another deal and wants to sell his property to
raise cash. It's a nice price of land (26,000 SM) and the
price can probably be negotiated to the right level. I would
only want half of it which is still a whack of $$$$$.
Visitors: If all the people come who say they are
going to, the last half of March is going to be wild. Why
so many visitors want to come in such a short time period
I don't know. Some have plane reservations; some have hopes
of reservations. We'll see.
The Beach: Visitors of ours returned from nearly two
weeks at the beach. They were very, very glad to be back-they
really suffered from the heat. Keith returned after three
days at Samara with the same report. No matter how many times
and ways that I tell visitors from cold climates about the
heat at the beach, no one takes is seriously until they experience
it themselves. Some are locked in to non-refundable accommodations
so suffer out their holidays.
Weather: The past two weeks have been quite still
and warm here (28-33º C/80-90º F )-hot as H. at
the beaches (35-40º C / 90º + F and no evening relief).
At least people are now using the pools.
Fiesta: Last Sunday I was looking forward to a relaxing
day in the hammock. After having identified the best one,
and before I could get in it, Lita announced that she had
organized a party... I never made the hammock but I did learn
that another couple (research scientists from the Univ. of
N (S?) Dakota liked Manhattans. We each had our own favorite
recipe. Obviously we had to have a drink off to determine
which recipe was better. I'm not sure we every concluded that
but the Crown Royal was virtually gone by the time we slithered
The three house renovations we had completed had been standing
empty since their completion even though they were leased.
The occupant's in each case were away -one in Argentina, on
in the States, and one in Quebec. The Argentinean woman arrived
several days ago and the two others each arrived last night.
The power is out again. This is Santa Ana and Costa Rica.
It's normal. The extra Saturday work was thwarted.
Brian, Lita, Vicka, Hugo