The crew hard at work

The newest photos

We are plugging away and still on the last funds sent over. So this post will just be some updated pictures. The crew is small 3 to 4 guys and they work 6 days a week. We will be going down in 2 weeks and hope to see the foundation poured and some walls coming up.Unfortunately for us the new cruise ship port going in Rocky Point, has decided to make there own rocks from concrete, which has raised the demand and prices for concrete…sigh

Our new septic tank
Our new septic tank
Stem wall coming up.
The crew hard at work
The crew hard at work
More of the crew.
More of the crew.
The  back corner of the house.
The back corner of the house.

I have designed some new T-shirts to help fund the project. You can find them at

Below is a link to one of our favorite local Arizona/MX bands. Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers..enjoy

Sand castle update


The sand castle is coming out of the ground! We now have footers, re-bar and our own baño. We have pretty much blown through the first $10,000, which has covered the Architect, lot survey, lot leveling, building permits,  wages, gas ,septic and some materials. So far no major surprises. Though the concrete prices have gone up, since they have deiced to make concrete block rocks for new cruise ship port that is being built in Penesco.

Cost break down to date are;


Lot leveling-$3,200

Mexico building permits- $980.00


Septic -$2,200.00

Gas- $200.00

Wages and materials $1,870

Ready for footers
Ready for footers
Holding up the usual.
Holding up the usual.
Standing in the future laundry room.
Standing in the future laundry room.

Let the construction begin.

DSCN0421 Breaking news!

The plans have been approved and no we have not been slacking off on our posts. It really has taking us this long to get the plans from the Architect and to get them approved by the HOA. Everything moves very slowly in Mexico. Which part of the reason we love it there. We enjoy the no hurry, worry lifestyle.

But I digress, so far  there has been a minimal amount of problems. The biggest problem, was the Architects lack of English language speaking skills along with our lack of Spanish language speaking skills. Thank goodness our builder is fluent in both languages. After a small misunderstanding, a quick trip down and mo money, we were able to straighten out the problem.  The other big scare, was the HOA’s problem with the survey. We had that double checked and it was done correctly, so they did finally approve the plans.. whew.

We will be headed down in 3 to 4 weeks to check the progress, to pick up receipts, and drink mas tequila. After we recover, we will post construction photos and a breakdown of costs.

If you would like to help us fund or dream home, please visit our gofundme site at: Everyone who is kind enough to help us achieve our dream, will be invited to the grande fiesta house warming party.

Salt water cures everything

Why Mexico? (did the tequila makes us do it?)

Back in the late 1970’s and into the 80’s while I was living in Tucson. We used to go to a little coastal town about 3 hours south, across the border into Mexico. The gringos called it Rocky Point. Back then there wasn’t much going on, just miles of sand dunes and the Sea Of Cortez with it’s warm clear water, extreme tide changes, and of course tequila.  This was Arizona’s beach. A secret to most of America. Penasco was our little drinking village with a fishing problem.  Camp on the beach, ride the dunes,  bask in the Mexican sun … did I mention tequila?  As time went by,  life got in the way and I didn’t see Rocky Point again until the 21st century.  A new life, a new wife, kids grown and gone.. it was time for us.

Mexico hadn’t been far off our radar, having traveled to Cabo San Lucas a couple times.  I blame Sammy Hagar for this.  The  sea and it’s beaches took hold of us and my wife set her mind that she wanted to live on the beach. My sister had recently invested in one of the new beach view  in paradise locations in Puerto Penasco, and we just had to go check it out. Wow, sometime in the late 80’s and 90’s, big money discovered our beach and grew resort condo’s with fancy landscaping and swimming pools out of all that sand.  What a difference 20 years can make, even tho her resort, Bella Sirena, was still building and trying to grow grass in the sand, the condo made an impression. And the hook was set.

Rocky Point itself hadn’t changed much, still a poor town, struggling to get by on a few pesos a day and whatever bounty they could net from the sea and the tourists.  In the boom years there were were a plethora of cantinas and bars where thirsty gringo fishermen and Arizona students on spring break would thrive on cheap beer and tequila. If you happened to be in town on one of these gringo holidays,  the party atmosphere was everywhere. We continued to visit at least yearly, getting our Mexico fix, tho we continued to vist  Baja, drawn back by an addiction to the Tropic of Cancer, exploring  LaPaz,  San Jose,  Los Barillos, anywhere the sea met the sand.

Meet the builder

House of dreams
House of dreams

The second step has been taken. After much research and question asking. We have decided on Ismael Murrieta as our contractor and builder. He was the only one  given glowing reports by multiple gringo’s, as being the most honest builder in Rocky Point, Mexico.

He now has a set of our dream home plans. He will be taking those to the Architect, to be officially drafted. The cost quoted us for the plans from the Architect is $1,000. Ismael also quoted us a fee from the mover of sand (not sure of the technical term for this) to fill and level the lot. The cost for that will be $3,550.00.  We were anticipating costs of about $10,000 for HOA construction fees, permits, and lot preparation. Looks like we will be close to that.

Construction fee break down to date. Architect $1,000.00  HOA fee’s $4,000.00 for approval of plans, permits. $1,000.00 of which is refundable if site is cleaned up weekly. To fill and level lot for foundation, $3,550.00. Total so far $8,500.00 and we still don’t know what it will take to place and plumb the septic.

Yes we have been told that we are crazy to undertake this. But this will be our first built home and will be on our dream beach, so what the heck.

If you would like to help us here is the link

About build a beach home


We will both be posting to this blog as the project progresses. The plan is to post helpful and hopefully interesting information and photos about the building process in Mexico. We also hope to reach a few fellow beach lovers that would be interested in helping fund our project at gofundme.

The property was purchased in Oct 2012 .  The location of Casa de los Sueños is in the development of   Playa Encanto,  located about 20 minutes out side of Puerto Penasco (Rocky Point), Mexico in the state of Sonora. It’s a 8000 sq foot corner lot, located 4th row back. It is on the beach access  road.

The lot was purchased for $23,000 (asking price was $29,000) the closing costs ended up being around $6,000.00 and included the bank trust or Fideicomiso. Our Realtor was Branden Mackenzie at Re/Max Legacy. He was great, taking the time to show us the different areas and letting us research the different developments with out any pressure. When we found a lot ( which was listed with a different Realtor) he negotiated the best deal for us. His lovely espousa Reyna, handled our paperwork and coordinated all the legal issues. They both worked pretty hard for us.


Meeting the builder and Archtitect

Latest update. We are headed down to meet with a possible builder and Architect. Hoping we can at least get the house plans drawn up and a builder nailed down. We really need to learn more Spanish, as it can be quite a challenge to communicate ideas and goals at times.

I can tell you the first thing you need plenty of is patience,…. and tequila.  The culture is so much more laid back and so much slower than ours, that it takes a lot more time to get anything started and more importantly finished in Mexico . The   Manana       mentality    But then again that is why we love going down there. No worries about time or deadlines, and of course lots of tequila and crack chicken..



Salt Water cures everything.