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Getting prepared for a big project…

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I think its safe to say that building a house is a pretty big project. We’ve done it before but not quite like this! Last time, although it was a very big project for us at the time, it doesn’t even begin to compare to what we are preparing to do here. Not that we’re planning to build a great big, fancy house , but here in Panama there’s just so many things to consider, from actual building materials to labor laws, the installation of actual infrastructure (water & electricity), dealing with a different language and even getting a bank account established, we have so much to investigate and research not to mention tons of questions to ask (often in Spanish!). Our house building project in the States was a totally different experience but it has prepared us for many of the aspects of building and designing a home. I suspect much of the process will be familiar to us but much is already proving to be very new and different.

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Scott’s next big project !

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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!

Blood, Sweat & Tears 🏠

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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. $$$$

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