Mar. 7-12, 2005 // CONSTRUCTION LOG #22
Synopsis: The main priority this week was advancing
Unit 108: Significant advances were made. All drywall
boarding is completed; all exterior stucco work is also completed.
All exterior window and door moldings are finished. Window
frames have been installed; glass on Monday/Tuesday.
Several rooms on the ground floor have received their final
coat of paint. Ground floor tiles have been rearranged to
fill the gaps and to replace the broken or damaged tiles.
Entrance and terraced tiles were selected and on Saturday
installation began. We had just enough. The kitchen is 75%
installed; Ground floor bedroom built-ins are also 75 % installed.
Master bathroom cabinets are also 75% installed. Wall units
in the master bedroom and ground floor living room will follow
early next week.
Landscaping will begin on Monday and finish Wednesday.
Landscaping of the main interior roadway is also expected
to be completed by Wednesday.
Note: The purchaser arrives on Wednesday.
I have taken the decisions up to the point where I felt comfortable.
With fax layouts and cabinet / kitchen designs and digital
pictures, a lot of information can be reliably transmitted
-- but there is a limit. The client gave me his confidence
to proceed but this is a responsibility I would prefer not
to have, especially since he and his advisor can be here and
make their own color choices. I’m ready to install.
All construction work has been done and issues where circumstances
prevented much flexibility (see below) have been committed.
His visit comes at just the perfect time for me not to break
construction stride and for him to choose what he wants.
In order to fast track this, I determined that the main supplier
for cabinets couldn’t meet the deadlines for all millwork
I needed. I have therefore, tried two new suppliers -one for
doors and another one for bathroom cabinetry. We’ll
see how it all works out. We also have a different supplier
for granite than in previous times -so far he seems no better.
Design issues: I continually find it amazing that
we are, in this case, building 1,720 sf of space yet we have
had to push, pull, rearrange, and otherwise fuss over centimeters.
And such has been the case this week. The counters for the
guest bathroom and for the 2nd. bedroom are so narrow (40
cm) that an ordinary solution to a vanity simply doesn’t
work. We’ve tried a number of variations and either
price was an issue or design/functionality was an issue. We
now think we have a solution (the same for both actually)
but we have yet to get one piece of information.
Work advanced on filling in the voids crated by plumbing
and electrical rough-ins. and additional re-bar pieces were
added. Also some columns were filled in.
New Bodega: we started construction on a small building
to house two clothes washers and two dryers. It is now mostly
framed and roofed. When finished, this will complete all the
planned support structures.
Curbs and Landscaping: The curbs have been virtually
finished on the east side. Some good dirt was added to the
green space between the curb and the ficus hedge. This will
be landscaped next week. We plan on adding some pineapple
plants along with decorate plants.
Marketing: The property manager was going to purchase
104 -he was given a fairly free hand in some aspects during
it’s development. He reconsider that commitment. I offered
it to one person on site who had asked for the right of first
refusal should any detached units become available; (he had
missed out on 107 which the current purchaser picked up his
option to purchase). I notified 4 people who had also requested
to be notified should the 104 deal or any deal fall thru.
Three of the 4 responded positively but since the on site
person exercised his option, the other three were out of luck.
Note: I goofed on this announcement by not including
an advisory that there was a right of first refusal.; I have
egg on my face and a public apology to all for the omission
is in order.
Permitting: I now have the revised drawings and have
them signed. They are to be reprocessed beginning Monday.
Until this process is vetted, we wait.
This has continued to be another hectic week work wise. We
have gone out to dinner a couple times, pool once which was
a disaster (I just could no longer make excuses for Tico’s
and their 40watt bulbs for 2,000sf.) -Lita certainly couldn’t
see anything and I wasn’t much better. Lita continues
to go to her gym although she hurt her knee so she’s
backed off a bit.
Keith’s friend arrived and they went to Guatemala.
She left this morning.
My partner arrives Monday to check out how I’ve
been spending our money and another friend/purchaser and his
friend arrive on Wednesday. It will be a very, very busy week
but hopefully, a very rewarding week.
Have to go fix some fresh tuna on the bar-b-q for dinner
and then we’ll try to find a pool table that has some
light on it.
Brian, Lita, Vicka, and Hugo