“Keeps Gettin’ Better” in Ambergris Caye, Belize.

Spent yesterday morning taking care of paying bills and helping Rose to finish off the spreadsheets detailing the wood colours we want and the tiles that we have chosen for our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize that now need to be ordered from The Tile & Stone Center in Belize City.

We hadn’t been finished too long when Daniel Camal, our building contractor, contacted us to let us know that they had made a door to the design we had asked for and it was ready to look at. So, we left the condo, got in the golf cart and went to Daniel’s workshop to find that the door exactly replicated what we want.


Obviously in a ‘virgin’ state, it, along with the others that will now be made, will be stained to our chosen colour.

After ‘signing off’ the door Rose and I headed straight to our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize and got there around 2.30 pm to be greeted by Porfelio sifting sand at the entrance to our lot.


Porfelio making sure he got every grain of sand.

A walk around to the back (lagoon side) of the house and we saw that Martin and Nicholas were fixing the forms in place to be able to start applying the last coat of cement for the underside of the First Floor veranda.


And looking through the scaffolding we could see that below them there was Jose (who we now know is Daniel’s brother) working on the sliding door window aperture for the master bedroom of the Ground Floor self-contained apartment.


A walk inside the self-contained apartment and we saw that the hole around the shower valve and pipe work in the en-suite for the master bedroom had been ‘made good’.


Climbing the stairs at the front of the house Edson was applying the final coat of cement to the underside of the Second Floor veranda.


In to the living room area on the First Floor and at the top of the scaffold were Eduardo and Sam applying the finishing coat of cement to the stairwell where it meets the Second Floor.


They had already finished the opposite wall.


After dexterously ascending the scaffold we could see the pair of them at work at close quarters.


A walk outside onto the veranda and we could see that the table that was poured the previous afternoon now just needs the final coat of cement.


It looked so inviting it made us want to sit down and have a couple of beers!

Inside the house we saw that Zapeda had started laying the floor for the shower cubicle in Rose’s en-suite bathroom.


And had removed the forms for the shelf (at the end of Rose’s bath) that he started to construct the previous day.


In to my bathroom where Eric had started on creating the shelves that I want.


Recessed shelf in the shower area.

He had also applied the finishing coat of cement in the walk-in closet.


And had started on the recessed shelves near where the toilet will go.


Somewhere to keep the toilet paper!

Every time we go to our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize it keeps getting better.

The headline is based on the title track of the 2008 album by Christina Aguilera. The track was released as a single and reached number seven in the US Billboard Hot 100 and number fourteen in the UK Singles Chart.

For those of you on Ambergris Caye don’t forget that today at 4 pm heralds the opening of Carlo and Ernie’s Runway Bar & Grill.


  1. Emily says:

    I love the door, but being a traditionalist at heart, I must agree with Anton. With the modern feel of your house, I would probably have gone with a flat door as well (in a beautiful wood). But it’s obviously up to your and Rose’s tastes and what will work for you. I am sure it will be beautiful.

    1. If the doors don’t compliment what we are looking for we can always change them. We don’t think this is likely though. Time will tell of course.

  2. Brad says:

    You just make sure you don’t cut back on the finishes or run out of budget for the guests rooms (especially ours). I love the door. If it looks good to you both then that really is all that matters. Personally I couldn’t agree less than what that guys comments say about keeping to one style. For me a truly beautiful build is one that totally mixes the old with the new…A bit like you and me really!
    Keep it up,it’s looking great.

    1. Brad, the guest rooms are likely to be finished first so you will be OK. As to the doors, we are more than happy with our choice. I keep posting loads of photos for you to look at so where are the ones you promised me? Cody will be at school soon!!!!

  3. itsacyn7 says:

    Hello John, I’ve been following your blog since January and I’m not only addicted to it but it is changing our minds on our realestate plans on Ambergise Caye, looking to buy an existing home and turning it into a B & B – never considered the daunting task of building offshore, but not finding a perfect match, we’re now considering a “build” (thanks to you). Love your crew, all seem to be wonderful workers. Planning a visit in June, hoping to do a drive by…your “build” is looking fabulous! Let us know if you wouldn’t do it all over again.
    Regards, Cynthia

    1. Hi Cynthia. First of all thanks for following the blog. And enjoying it and finding it helpful. We also considered buying a house and having it remodelled but concluded that it might require so much change that we might as well have it built. The main advice I would give is to research every aspect exhaustively. Hopefully it pays off in the end. The guys are great. Good luck with your plans. Oh, and we haven’t found it that daunting that we would discount doing it again. Not yet awhile though!

  4. Anton says:

    Sorry! this is only the opinion of on person but the house has a modern feel , the door is a six panel classical, it does not go, a simple solid door will fit better and a lot less money, please rethink your options,ask the arquetect, ( less is more) apliace to this great house.

    1. Anton, as you infer, everyone is entitled to an opinion. And I can understand the point you make. We did consider a ‘flat panel’ door but elected to ‘go for’ the more ornate one that we have chosen. We believe (time will tell of course) that the house is spacious enough to take this mixing of styles.

  5. Laurie The Cruisin Camper says:

    Looks as though great progress is being made. I am sure you can see the end of the road up in the distance. I so enjoy reading your thoughts and observations. Have a great day (mid day for you about now i would think!).
    The Cruisin Camper

    1. Thanks Laurie. Pleased you enjoy the blog. Around ten weeks to go now. It’s actually just after 8.30 in the morning.

      1. Laurie The Cruisin Camper says:

        So it looks like we are in the same time zone! Who knew??!! Daniel and his crew are doing a great job on your new home….

      2. So far we are really pleased with Daniel and his team.

  6. Jane says:

    I’ve loved the build and am looking forward to seeing the finishes now, too. The door is gorgeous!

    1. Thanks Jane. It seems like we looked at hundreds of door styles (obviously we didn’t) before choosing the one we liked the most.

  7. Mike says:

    That is a good looking door!

    1. And it’s very solid too Mike.

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