Today’s Casita Progress Photos….

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Well ,just in case the photos of the cement art was too boring for you, how bout some exciting construction photos? Whoohoo! I know, you can hardly wait!! Go ahead, roll your eyes now! With each day that passes the walls get taller and now I can make out windows and doorways. They’ve been making forms to pour the parts (forgive me for my lack of construction vocabulary!) that go over windows and doorways. Given the fact that they cant use the concrete bricks in those areas they actually make wood forms to pour the cement into. I know, there’s many reading this who know all about this stuff, but I gotta make sure some of my less knowledgable readers get my easy to understand narrative on all the technical stuff, right? Cuz’ I’m just the gal to describe all this to em’. Pfffffft! 🙂 Well, now you can see where windows and doors will be and the one where you can see my car out the door is the entry. Yes, we do have a big dirt cliff right outside the front door…I noticed that too! We plan to cut into that and build steps up to the parking area. And then on either side of the steps there will be terraced areas with retaining walls, we will plant lovely tropical things and ferns and make it look beautiful, who knows I may even be able to find some sort of leaf Birdbath somewhere! Hah!

One sorta funny little thing that came up yesterday…I was chatting with Chris, the art teacher and I mentioned that Scott was buying a big generator that will run the welders for building the roof. Chris said,’Oh, will you be putting in Solar power for the house?” I said,”Uh, well, gulp…I hadn’t actually even considered that!” Sheesh! What’s wrong with me! Given the fact that we’ve had such a hard time getting any electrician up to do the job, I have no idea why It never occurred to either of us! So now we are researching this option. And dontchaknow…Our architect finally shows up today with another electrician who is ready to start the job!!!! Sheesh!! But, now I just love , love, love the idea of being totally off grid with our power! Chris will come out to our job site and help us to figure out how to do it and he’s actually very experienced with installing solar energy systems here in Panama. Now I’m pretty psyched about seeing if this option would be feasible for us. I’ll let ya know where this goes…in the meantime, here’s my latest photos from today….

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About hollycarter184

Life is Good! But it's time for a change, and more adventure! I'd like to share the whole experience of preparing then actually making a reality of expatriating, and moving to a new country. It's an exciting, and slightly scary move full of possibility . I'm looking forward to learning a new language and making new connections with the people who share our spirit of adventure. This blog is my way of continuing my connection with my friends and family in the States. Sooooo here it goes! :)

10 responses »

  1. This is really looking like someplace to live—doors, windows, walls, etc. How very exciting for you and Scott—and maybe solar energy, too! Now if you can just get all the paper work in place for your visas—— Good luck–

  2. This is such an excellent adventure for you and Scott to share. You will have to make a nice picture book to document the memories of this process. How exciting, Holly!

  3. It is going to be a wonderful home with fab views.. By the way that cement thingy over the windows and doors is called a Lintel.. that dredged up from some distant memory checked on Wiki LOL .
    “A lintel can be a load-bearing building component, a decorative architectural element, or a combined ornamented structural item. It is often found over portals, doors, windows, and fireplaces.”

  4. Re: The solar power. Just keep in mind that Panama can get pretty cloudy, especially where you are. It’s good in theory and I love the idea but you still need sun and a generator on back up for those cloudy days. :3

  5. Woo Hoo! It’s really moving along! I enjoy the ipdated, eye rolls and all so please keep them coming. Great progress!

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