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New Construction

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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 19-24, 2005 // CONSTRUCTION LOG #50

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: (10 pictures in all) 114-116; 106; 117-120, and 121-123.


Three weeks now of firing on all cylinders and with 60 people working, progress is being made.

114, 115, and 116: Units 114 and 114 are nearing completion. Ceramics, granite, cabinets, doors and lighting fixtures are installed and being finished off. Final finishngs and cleaning will occur next week. Appliances have been secured and those which are not none site, will be on Wednesday. Occupancy is expected by this time next week. Unit 115 is advancing but will not be ready for occupancy for about 3 weeks. We continue add some of the finishing details. Some people will be working on Sunday to ensure the completion of these units.

Unit 106: The concrete is being poured as I write for the ground and second floors and collar tie. Set up started at 6am with the first load delivered at 7. This is a significant step; we've been preparing for it for the past 7+ days. The staircase is roughed in. Next week we will begin with the 2nd. floor which should go quite fast. We will be using a N. American method of interior finishing which we expect to go much master than the traditional parging.

Units 121, 122, and 123: All the block and structural columns are poured. The collar tie is framed. This comng week, we will work towards putting in the structural steel perlins to support the 2nd. floor, the floor decking and rough in the electrical and plumbing. Hopefully, we will be ready to pour 123 next Saturday as we are now pouring 106.

Units 122 and 123: we've backfilled and compacted the substrate. The footprint for each is staked out and ready for footing forms.

Units 117-120: We're still repairing the "miracle" parging - you win some; you loose some. We lost on this. We are beginning to frame and board the soffits and facias. They are stuccoing the denzglas as soon as they have it installed. This work will go fast as there isn't much of it. We've started the cana brava on the terrace.

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: Last week I wrote that we were having problems getting appliances. I've solved it temporarily and what we have secured are fine; just not what we had before.

Price Increases: I'm still considering increasing the price of the remaining houses.


We closed on 106 A and will close on 116 next Friday.

We have sent the rough draft to the brochure to the printer for polishing. I was able to get the input from a friend who I consider to be an expert marketer in time to incorporate his suggestions. Those comments were helpful and greatly appreciated. I hope to have 3000 brochures printed and available for distribution by the end of this next week.

Telemarketing campaign: no progress. This continues to be discouraging. I think this initiative is dead for reasons only the Florida end knows.


Weather: We've had a lot of rain this week but for the most part, it's come in the evening so it hasn't hampered us that much. Yes, it's muddy in areas but..

Having Fun: Paul, my partner, is having a ball finishing off his house just the way he wants it. He's getting the opportunity to find out the similarities and differences in construction and suppliers here-he's got a few stories for the guys back in Toronto.

A Trip: we are going by bus to Granada, Nicaragua Sat. midday. We'll pack a lunch-roast chicken, fresh San Francisco sour dough bread maybe a bottle of wine, enjoy the scenery with someone else driving, watch the movies if they are any good, and relax. This is an 8 hr. ride for $10 with hotels around $30 a night. We'll return here Wednesday after having sampled more of the restaurants there and having explored the area a bit more. We've been there before and liked it. We have to leave the country for 72 hours so are going to make a holiday of it.

Wedding Anniversary: It was Thursday - our 19th. We celebrated with friends and the trip to Nicaragua will be reminiscent of our honeymoon when we first came to Costa Rica.

The parrot: it's still alive and well-this is a mixed blessing. Lita and she are currently having a fight!!!!!! I think the parrot is winning! Hugo is in my lap ignoring the whole kafuffle.

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

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Fourplex 106

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Units 114-115

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Units 117-118

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Units 122-123

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