February 6-11, 2006 // CONSTRUCTION LOG #70
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: interiors 122 / 123
The Story: churning out the work and getting settled.
Weather: beautiful and windy.
Unit 117: finished and occupied. Again, just in time.
As of Saturday, the owner has purchased the most
important aspects of his home-living room
furniture-leather sofa, love seat, and recliner chair,
area carpet, two beds, terrace table, and kitchen
things, and draperies, . In addition, he has
determined what end tables and coffee tables he
wants.; we'll work on those next week.
119 and 120: These have advanced but the focus was
Units 121, 122, and 123:
121: The drywall is ready for painting and the
molding is mostly fitted around the windows. Floor
tile will follow next week.
122: There will be some late nights to get this
finished by Feb. 14. It will be a sqeaker but I'm
still hopeful. We've cleaned the area around it and
have made it ready for landscaping. Granite in the
kitchen and bathrooms is now installed. We have
ceramic tile work to finish in the master bathroom,
stairs, and the bedroom cabinets yet to finish as
well. Final painting and cleaning will follow.
On Sunday there is a crew feverishly working to finish
the unit. As of now, the door handles are on
backwards and they've used the wrong color of paint
and the day isn't over. Regardless, progress is being
123: Note: This lags 122 by a week.
Units 101 and 102: We have the Ministry of Health's
approval and the plans are now with the Municipalidad
of Santa Ana. We haven't started any work yet as we
focus on finishing of other things - besides, we have
to move out and are not sure we have a place yet.
Electrical System Upgrade: A wee bit of progress but
definitely not yet finished.
Roadway: the markings have been completed.
Lockers and Locker house: The final design for both
the lockers and the house which is to be on the 2nd.
floor have been finished. We've started preparing the
site but for the most part, these people have been
devoted to cleaning the area around 122 and preparing
it for landscaping.
Gas Hot Water Heaters: We continue to experience mix
results with these machines-some people complain that
they cut out leaving them to finish off their shower
in cold water - not a lot of fun. We have been trying
to problem solve this and to date, aren't sure if
we've succeeded. Sometimes I know it to be operator
error; other times, I'm not sure and it's the "not
sure" part which we are trying to understand. The
current theory is variable water pressure causes the
boiler to cut out on some units.
Marketing: Our purchaser for 117 arrived as
scheduled. I've spent the last several days working
with him to get him settled and to purchase the things
he wanted for his home.
We have the purchaser and her daughter arriving on
February 14 to occupy 122. It will be really
close-late nights and all day Saturday and Sunday will
Transition: We've advanced this by beginning to set
up systems and to develop information which will
allow us to manage more easily.
We've prepared the offer but have not
yet presented it. We found out on Friday that the
soil is not very suitable. It has been assessed as
being too susceptible to landslides without
significant concessions to setbacks from inclines. We
are to get a complete report on Monday but we are not
anticipating good news. That being the case, we will
abandon this property.
This means we will probably now focus on the smaller,
2nd. piece of property on the outskirts of Ciudad
Colon. This is not a hardship and is, in many
respects, equal to or better than the possible
Phil and family returned to Canada and Joe arrived.
So too arrived our marina friends and their two
The election is over but the results were so close a
recount is still on going. It appears Oscar Arias is
leading. The surprise was that the vote was so close;
polls had Arias's lead being much greater.
I can't remember the last time we ate a home.
Saturday night it was a return with 12 people to The
Grill overlooking the central valley.
The parrot: she likes Manhattans!!!!! Lita offered
her my drink and she couldn't drink it fast enough.
We Lita would put the glass to her mouth, the parrot
beak (she was on Lita's shoulder) would reach out and
pull the glass towards her where her head would
disappear only to bob up gulping down the drink. This
went on until she became cross eyed and then became
very, very mellow..
Saturday night saw a Toronto based marina friend and
his wife stay with us. In all, 12 went to The Grill
at the Monastery restaurant where there is good food
and a fantastic view of the central valley.
Brian, Lita, Hugo and irreverent Vicka, the pigeon