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Phase 3: The construction of the remaining 11 residences.

Scheduled to begin in November with completion expected
by January 31.


Progress Report

September 12-17, 2005 // CONSTRUCTION LOG #49

Contact phone numbers

Internet Phone:
New York 315-279-6711 // Toronto 416-907-5758

Costa Rica:
Cell 506-305-3965 // Land 506-282-4142 Ext. 101

NOTE: our land line in CR has changed;
we are now integrated into the compound network.


Pictures: (6 pictures in all) 114-116; 106.

CONSTRUCTION

This was a short week due to Independence Day on Thursday, Sept. 15.

Again we were firing on all cylinders this week making progress on all fronts...

We currently have 58 people on the payroll (about $4,300 week plus 50% various labor /social taxes) and that's where we expect to stay for the near term.

Units 114, 115, and 116: Two units are ready for their final painting and the primer is installed on 115. Ceramic floors are substantially completed in both 114 and 116 and started in 115. Cabinets are about 80% installed in 114. A number of finishing details were finished up this week. The entrance to 115 was enhanced with a rock exterior.

Unit 106: Perlins (steel joists) for the 2nd. floor are about 80% installed and the ground floor on both sides is ready for concrete. This should happen Thursday.. We would like to have a truck and pumper but the area is really tight for such huge equipment. We'll see.

Units 121, 122, and 123: Unit 123 went through a major redesign. When I looked at the foot print I realized it had design flaws which I should have seen before. I was able redesign the ground floor within the same footprint. Basically, I eliminated two terraces on the ground floor and converted them into interior living space. The foot print was simply too small to provide the living area needed if we were to keep the two terraces. Now we have a den or living room a family room or living room and a dining room or office or guest bedroom. Most of the structural columns are poured and we are now installing the collar ties.

We've started backfilling and compacting the substrate for Unit 122. This is a longer and more expensive process than normal because we had to excavate the clay and now make up for that same amount we had to remove.

Units 117-120: The sub roofs are now installed-we have dry interiors. Virtually all the walls had to have the "miracle" parging coat meticulously and laboriously hammered off. We are now in the process of redoing the parging. This is probably about 3 man months of work. Some builders might have let this go but we didn't like it.

Units 101 and 102: No time to focus on this other than to visit an aquarium to begin thinking about building in the things necessary for easy mtnc. Lots of research yet.

Problems: We're having problems getting appliances. The ones we used and were very, very happy with, are no longer available in Costa Rica. The substitute products are far less desirable and more expensive. We're still working on this.

Price Increases: Electrical wire increased 9% and PVC will increase 7% on Monday. We are buying what we can before the increases but increases are a fact of life here and in the construction industry. I'm considering increasing the price of the remaining houses again. Purchasers tell me after they purchase, that I'm not charging enough. I've heard that now for 6 months as these units began to finish up. Perhaps I should listen.

Electrical upgrade: We have continued to run the PVC leads to their distribution points but other than that, not much progress. We have secured the wire, however. I just learned that PVC prices were increasing next week so we'll have to see if we have purchased the bulk of what we need. We made a major purchase of house wire this week as well before the price increase took effect.

Marketing: We confirmed the sale of 122 and will be building the design the purchasers want.

I'm working with a person to make up some printed brochures. He's resourced them here and the display stands. We now just have to finalize the design on the brochures. They seem to be amazingly inexpensive and of superb prinking quality.

Telemarketing campaign: no progress. This continues to be discouraging.

Landscaping: we will soon be to the stage of finishing off the landscaping around 114/5/6. That's always a rewarding stage.

OUR LIVES

Weather: We've had little rain and the temperature had been great for working.

Christmas Decorations: are going up in the stores. In CR, there are no major marketing points between now and Christmas unlike in N. Am which has Thanksgiving and Halloween.

INDEPENDENCE DAY: from Spain was celebrated here and elsewhere in Central and South America, on Thursday. Lita looked for an excuse for a party and found someone with a birthday so... First pool party we've had for a while-too busy doing other things. The weather cooperated.

VOIP phone and friends: I took time in the hammock on Sunday to catch up with friends. The internet phone is wonderful for that.

Orchid garden: it is showing signs of beauty. I've located a wholesale place-actually I knew of it before but I met a person who works there. I hope to purchase a number more.

The parrot: it's still alive and well-this is a mixed blessing.

The boat: the saga continues-CR isn't the only place where things can move slowly.

Brian, Lita, Hugo and irreverent Vicka, the pigeon toed parrot.

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