We’ve been living in our new casita since January 8th. We actually began working up here February of 2014. The first project that Scott tackled was to build retaining walls and drains. With the crazy rains that we get here we realized that the first thing we needed to address was drainage and so that was the very first step in our project. So here we are, a year into our project and boy, when I look around at all the work that’s been done up here It is really quite remarkable. In only a year we’ve already put in most of the infrastructure, water, gas, electricity is nearly done, built two structures and are starting the final one, the main house. Read the rest of this entry
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!
Yep! He’s set his sights on making a wooden kayak! Oh! Not until AFTER our move to Panama! Don’t worry, he’s got plenty yet to accomplish here , there will be no veering into another project!😜 We had planned to try to find a second kayak to take with us to Panama just in case we find people we want to take along. So he was doing some research online and discovered a site that sells the plans for these beautiful kayaks and I imagine he had heart palpitations ! He proceeded to read all the reviews and comments from people who had purchased the plans and made their very own kayaks . According to my extreme ‘do it yourself’ guy it doesn’t look too difficult. He seems to think from what he has read that most of the people who wrote reviews about their experience building these boats were novices and that he would have no problem building his own. They really are quite beautiful and woodworking is something he is passionate about sooooooo, a custom, handmade wooden kayak we shall have! It will probably be a good idea to get in touch with our friend Al who lives in Boquete( he is a very talented wood working artisan ) to see if most of the materials required to attempt this project are easily acquired in Panama or if we should bring them in our container. This I know for certain, when Scott decides that he is going to do something, he will do it. And if you could see how excited he was to show me this discovery you would know why I said,” Go for it!”. BUT….. I will have cabinets in my house FIRST!!!! And a beautiful closet too, right girls! 😁. Closets first Wooden kayaks last!
People ask,” What’s your plan once you get to Boquete ?”. Well…… We reserve the right to go with the flow, but to the best of our ability we have loosely concocted a plan. Our plans could change or alter slightly or it could maybe turn out just as we have imagined, or it could be nothing at all that we planned but even better, time will tell. But, so far, here’s what we hope to do.
I’d like to preface this post with a disclaimer about my eye rolling humor on the subject of our house remodel. My sarcasm and eye rolling should not be confused or misunderstood as anything other than humor.(Mostly!) I jest, as I complain and bemoan the trials and tribulations of our remodeling journey,( loonnng, llllloooonnnng, journey indeed! Insert eye rolling here!). But in spite of the’ many’ painful aspects of this project, there’s really no other way I would rather have gone about the process we chose to remodel our home . Challenges, frustrations, and all, I’d do it again exactly the same way! There are many very valuable advantages of not dealing with contractors and sub-contractors . Besides…… there was no other option for us to have been able to afford such an undertaking any other way. $$$$