‘One Man’s Ceiling Is Another Man’s Floor’ in Ambergris Caye, Belize.

There were one or two aspects of yesterday’s work on our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize that I didn’t cover because I thought I had written enough/included enough photos without making the edition overly long. So I decided that I would include them today.

I had been wondering what would happen to rainwater when the water tank is full. Rose and I studied the plans but could see no sign of an overflow pipe and became mildly perplexed. Our anxiousness was cured yesterday when we wandered around the south side of the build. There projecting from the wall were two overflow pipes.


You can just see (if you look hard) the second overflow pipe at the eastern end of the wall.

I am used to seeing a float being used because my Dad was a plasterer. The float he used was only around 10/12 inches long. Nothing like the float used yesterday to create a smooth concrete finish.


Now that’s what you call a float!

Trish ( who has experience of building a home on Ambergris Caye) and Alan both posted comments yesterday about the electric wiring for our home in Ambergris Caye, Belize . The cabling will need to be threaded/pulled with fish wire through the PVC pipe on the north side of the house.


In place ready for the cables.

There was no real reason for going to our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize today other than I wanted to see how the concrete ceiling/floor was curing. The climate here is good for humans and concrete and I was confident that it would be set enough to walk on. It was.


Standing in the north-west corner of the Ground Floor.


Standing in the south-west corner of the Ground Floor.


Standing on the eastern side where the stairs to the Ground Floor will be.

I doubt that tomorrow will be a particularly busy day on the site but by the time the guys return on Wednesday it should be ‘good to go’ to start laying the concrete blocks for the walls.

The headline comes from the Paul Simon song which featured on his 1973 album ‘There Goes Rhymin’ Simon’.

On Wednesday I have to go to the Dentist in Belize City for the first of three consecutive weekly visits for root canal work and am pleased to let you know that the Mystery Blogger will be making a return appearance to produce Thursday’s edition.

I take this opportunity of wishing all readers of this Belize Blog a happy new year.


  1. Tom Edelman says:

    Thanks for the updates. My best to you folks on your total build

    1. You are more than welcome Tom. We are enjoying the whole thing Just hope I can say this in the last week of the build. Regards and a happy New Year. John

  2. Sue wheatstone says:

    Great to see so much progress and your daily blogs are great. Happy New Year to you both and I look forward to reading about the build. Xx

    1. Sue, we are really pleased with the progress so far.
      A happy New Year to you too. Best wishes from Rose and John

  3. Jim Cremin says:

    Hi John, good luck with the dentist, and a Happy New Year to you and Rose. You’ve made fantastic progress thru 2012, now 2013 looks so exciting. Best wishes, Jim (and Jacqui)

    1. We are very pleased with the progress so far Jim and are really looking forward to 2013. A happy New Year to Jacqui and you. Regards John

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