‘The Only Way Is Up’ in Ambergris Caye, Belize.

First of all I want to say a big thank you to the Mystery Blogger for filling in for me yesterday because I spent most of Tuesday at the dentist in Belize City. Hopefully the Mystery Blogger will fill in again over the next two weeks when I have to visit the dentist for follow-up appointments.

Rose and I spent a good part of the morning poring over the plans for our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize to see how we could make best use of the ‘spare’ space in the south-west corner of the Ground Floor for another en-suite bedroom. This included researching bed sizes and culminated in Rose sketching out how we would like to use the space ( she is much better at this than me and is spatial which comes in handy for this type of thing).

We finished around lunchtime, had a bite to eat and then drove to the site to see what progress had been made, recheck our planning thoughts for the additional en-suite and meet Daniel Camal, our building contractor, to find out if our plan could be accommodated.

When we got there we could see straight away that the guys had been busy laying the concrete blocks.


West wall of the living/kitchen area of the Ground Floor apartment.

They were filling the blocks with concrete.


Anhill on the wheelbarrow, Nicholas troweling the concrete into the bucket and Martin waiting to make the pour.


Martin pouring the concrete into the cavities of the blocks.


The finished article.

Daniel Camal then arrived and in between the rainstorms ( when they came we sheltered along with some of the guys in the bodega) we discussed our plans with him. Daniel explained that he could ‘go’ with our plan but to do so would mean having pipes on the exterior of the house, something that he knows we have been intent on avoiding. We were disappointingly pondering on this when he suggested an alternative approach that we make use of the store room space for the additional en-suite bedroom. Such an approach would avoid external pipes and would provide a larger space. We saw the merit in his suggestion and he will now work out the costing although we are pleased with the rough estimate he gave us when I pressed him for one.


Store room or en-suite bedroom?

If we adopt this suggestion the two bathrooms will ‘back on’ to each other enabling the additional bathroom to link into the existing pipes to the septic tank and water pipes. It will also mean converting the store space in the originally planned bedroom into a corridor to enable access/egress to the living/kitchen area and the front door of the apartment.


Will this space be converted to a corridor ?

If the price is right and we go with this alternative approach the bathroom would be around 50 square feet ( not huge but acceptable) and the bedroom would be around 135 square feet. We will decide tomorrow when we get the cost proposal from Daniel Camal

If we do take this approach the bathroom and bedroom included in our original design will be unaffected ( it is just the store room space that changes purpose).


Original bathroom.


Original bedroom looking out to the lagoon.

Oh, I should have mentioned that if we adopt this approach then the space that we considered using for the additional en-suite ( south-west corner of the Ground Floor) will become the store room . It would , at around 140 square feet), be smaller than the store room space in the plans now but still big enough for our needs. And, with double doors, could provide space for the golf cart if we want to lock it away if we want to. This alternative could be a ‘win,win’.

The headline is based on the song by Yazz and the Plastic Population which was released in July 1988. It reached number 1 in the UK but only reached number 96 in the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. It did, however, reach number 2 in the US Billboard dance chart.


  1. Trish Peterson says:

    Sounds like a fantastic alternate plan! Really good to be able to shelter the golf cart and lock it up.

    1. We like it Trish but now depends on the price. Hopefully we will get this today and if OK give the go- ahead. Regards John

  2. Christine Sweeney says:

    Morning favourite brother John, loving the view from the bedroom I will get when I come to visit you both ,it is all looking great and progressing so fast .Chris xxxx

    1. Morning to you too Chris ( it is 4.50 am here). Really pleased that you like the view you will get when you come to visit. Early morning tea on the bedroom veranda ( bring your own tea bags though!). Should be ready for you for next Summer.

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