March & April 2017

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The Lunch Room

The Boys take a well deserved lunch break in the shade after forming the ring beam up top, that serves to hold the walls together and the roof on; particularly in the event of hurricanes and earthquakes. We are now just waiting for concrete to be poured in the ring beam (March 16th), then we can begin to get a roof on soon; yeah! To be "dried-in" will be a very welcomed stage, as the last 8 months have been wetter than our "normal" weather (but then again, who has normal weather anymore?) After the roof is in place, the race is on with the pouch list of a million things to get done; doors/windows, interior walls, plumbing/electrical, plaster, cabinetry, fixtures and appliances, etc. They say the closer you are to finishing, the longer the punch list gets; oh boy! The site work continues, with Boopy placing in more packed stone retaining walls and garden beds and the final grades for the yard and driveway. It's a bit more work than we originally planned to do, but this is something that you can't put off and do later. It has to be done now, before the other finish work is completed. Notice the "rock quarry" in the back of the main house slab; stones in waiting for the main house walls.

POSTED ON March 3, 2017

Landscaping Cont'd

POSTED ON March 8, 2017

Friends and more Champangne!

On the left is Dee and Catherine who soon became good freinds after their many stays at Arc du Soleil. They were back on island this last week and had us over to "their villa" for food and fun. Nice! I always look forward to their St. John visits! We had them up at the lot for an inspection and got the "thumbs up"(some champagne was involved if I remember correctly)!
On the right are our local friends Mike, Alex, Sofia (Alex's pup) and Sheila (Mike's pup) up for an inspection. Alex, a long-time dear friend (owner of the Famous La Tapa restaurant) and Mike (Alex's sweetheart :) is a Captain who has sailed the world on private yachts, is now "semi-retired" (think fish, dive, sail as your main pre-occupation) has agreed to help us put on the roof (soon come!). Looking forward to the roof package arriving soon so we can turn the corner on this baby!

POSTED ON March 12, 2017

Getting ready for the roof

Finally, after another wait for concrete, the roof "ring beam" has been poured. The forms have been striped from the ring beam and the interior walls, revealing a rather interesting look. It reminds me somewhat of that rustic industrial look that seems to be a trend now. After the roof goes on and the interior walls are up, all the walls (except the stone accent wall) will get a smooth plaster finish.

POSTED ON March 17, 2017

The Smith Crew

This is a photo opportunity I did not want to miss... three Smiths in a row! With the concrete crew finished and gone the only crew on the site is the "Smith Crew". Al(Boopy) Smith, Steve Smith and Harley Smith. Boopy, in the track hoe, is continuing with the rest of our boulder walls, landscape and driveway. Steve is Boopy's eye on the ground, (and also his brother) assisting with the visual aspect for the placement of boulders. This speeds up the process. The landscape is really starting to shape-up and it's fascinating to see how much it changes everyday. Harley is on-hand to layout pipes and conduit before the boulders are put into place. He is also working on framing up the cottage pool stairs and plans on pouring them himself.

POSTED ON March 23, 2017

Before & After

Before - January 3, 2017
After - March 31, 2017

How things have changed in just a short time. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would have all these large areas to landscape. I love to garden but wow! There is a saying (one of my favorites) "Never assume anything and always except the unexpected". The last photo is a “Pano" that Harley took. The skewed preceptive made me laugh... makes the place look like quite the "hacienda".

POSTED ON April Fools Day, 2017 (no joke :)

Trackhoe Gone!

The final driveway grades and retaining walls are done! I'm now able to begin gardening and designing the landscape. I don't have a complete plan yet so I'm going to work it out in stages. One thing I knew for sure is that I wanted Pygmy Date Palms at the end of the driveway. I had the palms ready and waiting and now they are finally in their new home... sweet!

POSTED ON April 5, 2017

Roof & Deck Materials

Everything for the roof and deck has arrived all neatly stacked on what they call a "flat rack". We topped it off with a couple of doors and the lumber for the interior walls to get a little more bang for our buck on shipping costs. Unloading it all is going to be fun, just ask Harley :)

POSTED ON April 6, 2017

Sunset Champagne

Friends in town this week and before the group heads out for dinner we stopped by the lot for a "sundowner". Photographer, Bernd (Mindy's husband) got a nice group shot. From left to right is Tristan (Mindy and Bernd's son) Mindy, Susanne, Harley, Betty, Paul, Diane and their daughter Kat.

POSTED ON April 9, 2017

Foxtail Palms

Veronica (of Alfredo's Landscaping) along with two of her crew, delivered and planted, two large beautiful Foxtail Palms today. They're about 15 feet tall and a bit of an investment but well worth it. They look majestic! I also had them bring and plant five Areca Palms along the edge of the cottage parking area to act as a privacy fence. I added some bougainvillea and asparagus ferns in the little ledge garden bed below. It won't be long before they will draping down nicely over the wall. Moving along slow but sure.

POSTED ON April 12, 2017

Sheila's Back!

Sheila is perched up, relaxing on our scaffolding and that means Mike Feierabend is back. Yes, he and Chris are getting started with putting the roof on. It's a overcast day... perfect roofing weather.

POSTED ON April 17, 2017

Nice Hips

POSTED ON April 21, 2017

Here's the Spot

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