‘Our House’ in Ambergris Caye,Belize.

Fully rested after my day off – thanks to the Mystery Blogger for filling in for me to produce yesterday’s edition- I am raring to go to report on week thirteen of our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize.

First of all I want to correct an omission from Sunday’s edition. When we visited the build on Saturday we saw the first clear signs of how the clerestory windows will look (OK you have to have a good imagination but …).

We are making good ( well we hope that it proves to be good) use of these windows in the living/dining room area and the bedroom on the First Floor and in one of the bedrooms on the Ground Floor. On Saturday, with the forms in place, we could start to see what these windows will look like.


Clerestory window on the Ground Floor is just below the form work.


A close up view.


And from inside the bedroom.

Rose and I spent the morning on general chores including a trip to the shops to stock up the cupboards and the refrigerator. We also managed to find a little time to start reviewing the lighting plan for our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize. The plans show this detail but we have the opportunity to finally decide what type of lights, where we want them, how many light switches, where we want them, etc,.These are the next decisions we need to let Daniel Camal, our building contractor, have. We will have this completed for our Friday afternoon meeting with Daniel.

In the afternoon we met with Larry and his wife Sandy to show them our house ( OK it is far from being finished but we are already thinking of it as ‘our house’). Larry ( who has been following the blog) and Sandy intend to build a home here and were keen to have a look at our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize and to meet with Daniel.


Rose in a deep discussion with Sandy while Larry discusses a potential build with Daniel.

Having given Sandy and Larry a quick tour of the build Rose and I then spent some time making a closer inspection and were pleased to see that the forms had been removed from around the beams that were poured on Saturday.


Beams for the southern veranda.


And a close-up view.


The western (lagoon) side.

The beams were also exposed in other rooms on the Ground Floor.


The store room.


The kitchen/living room area.


The golf cart parking area.

Work was also underway on the staircase to the First Floor.


Internal view.


External view.

They were also starting work on putting the supports in place for the forms for the concrete slab for the First Floor.


Edson making light work of it.

The results of their efforts removing the form boards were there to be seen.


The ramp being put to good use.

The headline is based on the song by Madness which was released in 1982. It reached number five in the UK Singles Chart and number seven in the US Billboard Hot 100. As Michael Caine never said ‘ not a lot of people know that’ Rose’s sister Margaret lives on the opposite side of the street in which Suggs (Graham McPherson), the lead singer of Madness, lives.


  1. Harriette says:

    I think you are building SMART! Windows high up help the hot air escape – from the room that is – not from the blog. LOL

    I too have placed what I call ‘eyebrow’ windows over my main 4 x 5 windows.and am leaving a 12″ screened opening all around the 8 x 8′ Coppola – just under where the roof and walls meet.

    When in my condo on the beach I seldom had to use the AC – when I did it was in July or August and only long enough at bedtime to cool the room off. One thing I learned is that cement and cement blocks, once they are hot, hold the heat for a long time. Conversely when they get cold they stay cold. I hope to moderate that by having wood framed stucco walls between posts.
    Window placement to catch the breeze while at the same time keeping out the rain is critical. It looks like you have taken that into consideration. I will get by sometime soon (Belize time) to meet you.

    1. She giveth and taketh away. Seriously though, thank you.

    2. Oh, meant to ‘say’, just ping me an email when you intend to stop by. That way I know what work is scheduled ie access to view.

  2. Harry the Hornet says:

    I suspect the lack of air con use is more likely connected to the fact that you have short arms and long pockets. Please don’t take offence as my view is based purely on the back of the fact that I have known you for 30 years! Have a nice day.

    1. Funny how the memory plays tricks. My recall is that you have even shorter arms and much,much longer pockets. And you.

      1. Mind you I do miss paying for you on our all day binges.

  3. robert vernon says:

    That makes a lot of sense. How often have you found you need the a/c on ?

    1. In the apartment we are renting we have used it a max of three times since we arrived last May. And one of those was to make sure that it worked! We benefit though from being ocean front and on the second floor ie good breeze.

  4. robert vernon says:

    John, are you having central aircon ? Or just using ceiling fans

    1. Both Robert. Fans in nearly every room and air conditioning. The latter being split units.

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