What with the forms coming down and forms going up went at our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize yesterday I omitted to report on the meeting we had with Daniel Camal our building contractor.
After much deliberation – and imagining how we would like to use every window in the house- we were able to finally (true to say that we have changed our minds quite a few times) exactly what windows windows we want. Aside from the three clerestory windows (Ground Floor self-contained apartment living room area, First Floor bedroom (Rose’s handicraft room) and the dining area on the First Floor) all windows ( of varying dimensions) will be the PGT Winguard’s SH500 (single hung) window.
With this important decision taken we proceeded to run through the rest of our ‘agenda’ which ranged from using water from the well to flush the toilets (as opposed to using the rainwater collection tank), to the further mahogany wood stain shades we would like ( for kitchen cabinets, stair treads and doors) to showing Daniel the types of fences we would like for Tres Cocos and Fire Coral Street ( Daniel will now provide quotes) and the air-conditioning pipes near the clerestory windows (thanks to subscriber Steve Martin for that).
At the end of the meeting we got a little good news from Daniel when he told us he is aiming to have our build in Ambergris Caye, Beliize finished by the middle of July. If this is achieved he will have brought the project in one month early.
Before I move on to giving you a progress report on today’s activity at our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize I want to thank all of the regular readers ( and the occasional readers as well for that matter) for not being indelicate and asking where the guys go when they need to ‘go’. Well, below is the answer to that question.
If you look hard you can just make out the ‘Engaged’ sign on the first branch!
Whilst Rose was pulling together the ‘minutes’ for our meeting with Daniel I used the time to organise a service for the golf cart and appointments for Rose and I with Doctor Miguel Allison (the one that the did the EKG that I needed for my dental treatment) for the medicals we need to have carried out for our application to enter the QRP (Qualified Retirement Program).
With the tasks complete we were ready to set off to visit our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize and when we got there at around 2.30 am and were very pleased to hear the sound of electric saws and hammers. Knowing that the next stage of the build is the fixing of the forms for the ceiling of the First Floor/floor of the Second Floor these were just the sounds that we wanted to hear.
A walk up the stairs and we could see that the guys had been busy.
Forms and supports complete in Rose’s handicraft room.
Same applied for the veranda on the western (lagoon) side.
The dining area was being used as the storage area for the form boards.
They won’t be there long!
Work was underway on the veranda on the southern side.
Board in place to protect the pipe work.
Down below us at ground level the younger members of the team were using their salvaging skills to recover poles to support the forms when they are fitted.
Might look like a rubbish tip to you.
But there’s some good stuff there.
Up above us there was the constant sound of hammering with boards being fixed at a really good pace.
We took time out to have a look out at the lagoon and were surprised to see the flooding that the high tide had caused ( not just on our land, but on our neighbour’s too).
Good job we are having it land-filled.
As is normally the case, when we visit in the afternoon it coincides with the guy’s break time and it never ceases to amaze me the places they choose to take their rest.
Personally I prefer a hammock.
With the break over they returned to work with a flurry and there appeared to be bodies everywhere (never did manage to count how many guys were on site).
Crowded or what?
When we left we could see that there were just as many guys, if not more, fitting boards on the top of the house.
View of the northern side of the house.
The way the guys applied themselves today the concrete pour for Saturday looks good If they carry on like this it might even be Friday.
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