May 22-27 , 2006 // CONSTRUCTION LOG #85
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: house 101 . 192 and,124 / 125
The Story: Waiting...
Weather: very little rain-morning sunshine and
Units 101 / 102: More, and more, and more-- steel
re-bar, more steel floor joists, steel deck pan, and
collar ties. The spans in this house are longer and
wider so it requires more. We have, however, made
progress. We should pour the floor this week and then
the pace of construction will increase.
Lockers and Houses: Lockers: The repella (parging)
is virtually finished. They look great even though
they are lockers. The main things left to finish are
doors and painting of all surfaces. We've started to
allocate them based on the information we have. All
the large lockers are spoken for; we have smaller
Locker allocation: We've started allocating the
lockers to purchasers based on feedback. All the
large lockers have been taken.
Houses: The Densglass and gypsum boarding is about
80% completed and 25% taped; at the end of next
week, we should have the prime coat of paint on.
Cabinets and closets have been approved and ordered.
We expect these units to be substantially completed in
three weeks or around June 22. The large open concept
living room / kitchen really made this space.
Landscaping: The garden gets happier every day. The
gardners are working out of their back log. We got
the results of a soil analysis we had done. The soil
is too acidic. We have to add magnesium and calcium-I
thought it would have been lime but who am I... we're
still awaiting the answer of how much?
Electrical System Upgrade: Why should this bad saga
end?... it continues with no visible sign of
progress. One of our purchasers is an electrical
engineer dealing with transforms all the time. He
thinks something is very fishy as well. We don't ,
however, in this case, have much of a choice. When
they ask for the check, however, then we've got an
opportunity to deliver a message; and I'm going to do
Marketing: Lot's of waiting here-lot's of serious
lookers but many are gathering information and trying
it on to see how comfortable they are with their
desired decision. The closing of 109 continues to be delayed due to slow
bank actions in the U.S. CR banks do not have a
monopoly on the "difficulty-to-deal-with" scale. The
clients' contact is having a kidney transplant; no
one seems to be available to fill in.
We leased with an option to purchase unit #111. The
owner told me on Wednesday of the previous week to
put it on the market for sale or for rent. Four days
later I had a client for him. He was amazed (so was
I)-the deal closed on Friday. Now I have bragging
I'm working on completing the furnishings of 120 and
some modifications to 108 which consists mainly of an
electric hot water tank.
We've had a number of people who have looked at Unit
110 and at other investment opportunities but none
have so far, committed... Having said that, one of our
clients took about 8 mo. before got his ducks lined up
Next Project: Waiting is also the story here: We
offered, he counter offered and we countered his
offer. Once we found out what the one of the real
issues was, we were able to address it. There remains
one sticking item yet to resolve.-I'm not interested
in giving him a $50,000 deposit without security. He
has rejected an escrow account so... we wait.
Regardless, we have started putting the team together
and to get things in a position to role when / if we
get this land. If not this land, then we will have
people in position for when we do secure land we want.
Fly season: It seems that the first several weeks of
the rainy season brings out the house flies. After a
few weeks, they all disappear. I'm still waiting for
the end of this cycle.
Our house: It's going to be more up close and
personal doing our own house. I beginning to have to
deal with our life styles, our habits and our
limitations. This will be a bit of a challenge but we
have an opportunity to design a house which best fits
our particular situation. I've had to work with the
maestro de obra to design the ramp which will allow
Lita to access our house. It's longer than I would
like but that is necessary to make a gentle enough
slope so one doesn't have to climb Mt. Everest. Now
to develop a place for her to care for the parrots(s)
and to keep them away from me. We will have to have
a number of skylights to give her the maximum light
during the day. The house will be bigger than we need
and really wanted but I again made best use of the
The artist who did Lita's picture, returned to modify
her jaw. She still has a "lantern jaw" and a fat
neck but not a Jay Leno jaw.
Paul returned to Canada for a few days on Friday.
This past week has been fairly quiet. I've found
myself wondering around wondering what I should be
doing. I found the hammock a few times.
Brian, Lita, Hugo and irreverent Vicka, the pigeon