Well .. the end is here. The crew will be finished this week with their part. The casa is finished on the exterior. So now it is up to us to finish the interior.It took us 3 months longer than expected, but when you consider that everything is done by hand, we are okay with that.
Budget wise, it was $45.00 usd a SQ foot and we got many extras that we were not expecting. For that price they included a lower concrete patio and a concrete ramp to the garage and stairs. We did have them paint the three tall sides for us, and all Ismael wanted for this, was a trade of some items that cost about $250.00.
So what we learned, is to be patient. Because everything is done by hand it takes longer and yes you can build in Mexico without having to be on site the whole time.
The most recent pictures from the build a beach home project. All the window and doors have been hauled down (shout out to Donnie Grimes and his big truck and trailer) and are being installed. We purchased the windows and doors in Prescott at Lowe’s. For some reason they do not sell vinyl windows and doors in Mexico..go figure.
They are beginning to paint. FYI..Paint or painting was not include in the $45.00 a sq foot price. They will only be painting the three tall sides, we will be painting the front, and everything that does require us climbing up on scaffolding. Yes, we are to old and afraid of heights to tackle this project. We Bought the paint at Dunn Edwards store in Penasco. Javier the owner is a good guy. FYI it is not cheaper to buy this paint in Mexico as it is imported, but of a better quality then Mexican paints, and Javier can get all of the DE paint types and colors.
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The efficiency apartment on the first floor is starting to feel like home. Still lots of work to do.. install water tank, pump and water heater. Get a working shower and sinks. Lower ceiling, drywall..ect.. but it is livable.
We plan on being down to check progress in 3 or so weeks and hope to see most of the painting done and all windows and doors installed. We are anxious to get the workers done and out of there, so we can tackle the many projects we need to do to get the casa livable. Then we can sit and enjoy margaritas and the views. Which will hopefully be before we die of old age..
The roof is almost finished, (the roof tiles are being installed this week), can’t wait to see them.
The lower floor apartment has walls, entry door and the concrete block is painted to keep the dust down till the drywall gets installed. I also dyed the concrete floor. It turned out very nice and was super easy to do.
We are now able to stay in our casa. Still need to get a water tank, water heater and pump installed, so that we do not need to haul water in from the outside water tank to flush the toilet, and then we can get the shower in. We are okay with glamping for now.
Next project is getting 3 sliding doors and two picture windows down so they can be installed and the house stuccoed. This will conclude the contractors part of the building and then the rest is up to us to finish.
We are planning to go down in the next two weeks, so will have more updates and photos soon:)
We have a lot of progress to share since the last blog. We have a third story (no roof yet) Interior stairways from the 1st to 2nd floor and a stairway from the 2nd to the 3rd floor ( no more climbing a scary ladder from the 2nd floor deck to the 3rd floor). Most importantly we have plumbing and electric on the 1st floor.
We spent a week over Thanksgiving and were able to get the doors and windows in the first floor and the wall to the efficiency apartment. So we know have a mini fridge, microwave and a long camp table for the kitchen. For sleeping a airbed will have to do till we can get the real bed down in couple of weeks. Add a couple of plastic chairs and wala.. you have glamping at it’s finest.
So we have official spent our first week at our new home. Next trip is the bathroom and water tank installation.
Cost wise we are on budget and it is costing us $45.00 USD a sft
Wow..,we could not believe the progress, that has happened in the last month, We went from a snails pace to normal progress. They have poured the second floor and have the second floor walls up and are getting ready to pour the third floor. We did have a problem with the inside stairway, from the first to 2nd floor, that we think we have solved (not enough head room clearance for my 6’3″ husband) we will let you know on that one after we go down and check it out in September. If they keep up this pace, we will even be finish ahead of schedule.The builder is saying the shell should be finished by November.
beach road side stairway .. gonna hate these stairs someday..
The house continues to come along at a slow steady pace. So far the costs have been less than expected (the peso is currently 16 pesos to the dollar) and we have made a few changes to the first floor. At the suggestion of our builder we have added a concrete patio and a walkway under the stairs to stabilize the upper deck and outside stairway from shifting sand. We had originally planned to have the concrete column supports to the upper deck and stairway in the sand. But after we got to sit on our new first floor patio and watch the stars come out over the ocean, which was amazing! We have decided that it was a wise decision to add the patio and walkway. not only will it make the second floor deck more stable, it also provides a nice shady patio for the first floor. .
To date we at the $30,000 mark and at our last visit on July 11th, they were prepping to pour the second story floor, We have a trip planed in a couple of weeks and are hoping that the floor is ready to be poured As soon as that get the 2nd story floor poured we can secure the first floor and start working on it. Hopefully by October we will have the first floor apartment bathroom and kitchen in and we can start staying on the ground floor. Woot Woot
The walls are coming up. At our last visit, the walls are at 4 foot. If they stay on schedule the first floor should be all blocked in and the columns poured for the 2nd floor, and do i dare say it.. the roof of the first floor poured. When we go back down in another week.
We are about 8 weeks behind schedule, Which means we are right on time for the Mexican time table.
The progress has been slow, but cost wise, It has been cheaper than expected. We are still on the last money sent over in January. Right now the pesos is about 14 to 15 per dollar.