“Umbrella” in Ambergris Caye, Belize.

It was a holiday for most people on Wedneday but once Rose got up we got down to selecting the tiles we want for our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize. After a couple of hours (but it seemed much longer) we had made nearly all of the decisions. Only a few areas to go now!

We then turned our attention to the light fittings which were a lot easier and quicker to decide upon.

Once this was done Rose created a spreadsheet detailing the light fitting by type and by area of the house and this is now ready to send to Daniel Camal,the building contractor for our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize.

Needing a breath of fresh air we then took a drive to our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize to act as a catalyst for producing an ‘agenda’for the meeting we had scheduled with Daniel Camal for Thursday at 10 am. It’s a lot easier to walk around the house when nobody else is there. That done we went home and produced a twenty-one point ‘agenda’ which I sent to Daniel yesterday morning. I must have been a real shit when I was younger because as they say, “there’s no rest for the wicked”!

We were slightly late for our meeting with Daniel yesterday because traffic along Coconut Drive was particularly heavy but once at our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize we whistled through the ‘agenda’ (items ranging from placement of recessed shelves in the shower areas to the making of concrete planters and a hole in the concrete table for an umbrella) and had completed the meeting in just over an hour and Rose and I then headed home for lunch.

We returned to the build around 3.30 pm to see how the guys were progressing.


Second coat of cement applied to underside of First Floor ‘front of house’ (eastern side) of house.


And for the southern side.

Up the stairs to the First Floor where Edson was fitting the forms so that he can start applying the second coat of cement to the underside of the Second Floor veranda.


Around the back of the house work continued on preparatory work for the sliding glass doors which will provide a good view of the lagoon (western side).


A few yards away Martin was applying the second coat of cement to the small veranda wall ( handrails will be fitted eventually).


We then climbed the scaffolding to gain access to the Second Floor.


The temporary ‘stairs’.

Once up there we could see that good progress had been made in applying the finishing coat of cement for my walk-in closet and bathroom.


Where my vanity unit will ‘go’.

In Rose’s bathroom they had started to finish off the seat in her shower.


And had started work on creating a shelf at the end of her bath which we had asked Daniel to install when we met him in the morning. A fantastic response time from request to fulfilment.


Out on the roof terrace Porfelio, ably assisted by young Miguel, was busy at work on the concrete table in the north-west corner.


A joint effort by Alfredo and Nicolas to ‘deliver’ the concrete to the Second Floor.


Miguel unhitches the bucket.


And pours it in to the form work.

Where Porfelio levelled it off.


The table will have a hole for an umbrella to slot in to and so that there is not a build up of trapped rain the table has been fitted with a pipe to take this away.


The red arrow indicates the hole for the umbrella and the blue arrow signposts the drain away.

Just as we , and the guys for that matter, were getting ready to pack up for the day the rain started to fall lightly so plastic sheeting was used to cover our new concrete table.


It really needed the umbrella!

Before leaving though we had time to take a rest on the concrete seat and admire the view.


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  1. ED says:

    I must say also that they are not good at all about cleaning up their mess around the property. You would think they would want the yard cleaned up so it would be easy to work around. Just my thoughts If they were working for me I couldn’t have it that way. At any rate the place is taking shape and looking good.

    1. Doesn’t bother me Ed – much rather that at this point that they focus on the build. Having seen other projects that Daniel has worked on we know that it will be clean and tidy at the end.

  2. ED says:

    Goodmorning John, I see in the backgroud of one of the photos it looks as if the sea wall and back of the property are being filled . Can you shoot a couple of photos for an update for us. Ed

    1. And good morning to you Ed. It is a bit muddy down there at the moment (high tides) but when it dries out a bit I will see what I can do.

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