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.
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
I have designed some new T-shirts to help fund the project. You can find them at http://www.gofundme.com/Build-a-Beach-home.
Below is a link to one of our favorite local Arizona/MX bands. Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers..enjoy
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.
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: http://www.gofundme.com/Build-a-Beach-home. Everyone who is kind enough to help us achieve our dream, will be invited to the grande fiesta house warming party.
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.