Puerto Cayo, Ecuador

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NEW!! October 17, 2018

October, 2018
MAESTRO SAYS "8 MORE DAYS" !!

It's still hard to believe this crew moves so fast - but according to our builder, we should be moving in the casita by next weekend! Wow!

Tomorrow we leave for Guayaquil - hopefully everything goes smoothly, and we return on Saturday with our cedulas. We are really hating being gone from Cayo right now - things at the construction site are changing hourly!

Here, the tile is being installed in the bathroom. Below are a few new photos from this past week:
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(Coming Soon!)

Saturday, Oct 13:
Per Maestro's suggestion, we had a line of glass blocks installed in the front wall. Also bought 3 beautiful handmade wood interior doors - $40 each!



Saturday, Oct 13:
Looking through the living room window at the steps leading up to the pool...

Saturday, Oct 13:
Doug gazing out the window..through the soon to be French doors you can see the ocean view!



Monday, Oct 15: El Gato is sealing every small opening so that no critters of any kind can take up residence between the roof and ceiling or in the bamboo rafters.

Tuesday, Oct 16:
Walls of the bodega (storeroom w/bathroom) are going up so that the "pump room" for the pool and cistern pumps can be completed on the side of the bodega.



Tuesday, Oct 16:
An hour or two later, and the pump room walls are going up.

Tuesday, Oct 16:
Day two of the granite installation in the kitchen and bathroom. Javier and his helper are true craftsmen and have done a beautiful job.... we love it! Total price for granite and installation? A little over $600!


Update October 6th:
Electric was connected yesterday! Hooray!
October, 2018
WE "ALMOST" HAVE ELECTRICITY!!

After a rather lengthy process to get the electricity run to our property, we are almost there! And for what this is costing, we could have built our swimming pool and had money left over...!

We have been in Manta for three days - the first day trying to get the appointment set to go to Guayaquil for our cedulas (this was NOT accomplished!).... the second day shopping with our Maestro (we purchased all the bathroom fixtures/sinks/toilets, plus a kitchen faucet, and most of the light fixtures). By the third day, the government computer system was still down (the reason we did not get our date set on Monday), so we headed to the bus station to return to Puerto Cayo. Luckily, the chicos worked hard while we were gone and got quite a bit done!

Follow the details of our progress below, and then view a slide show of photos from September 27th through October 5th below:
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(Sep 27 - Oct 5)

Thursday, Sept 27: Pedro and his son worked all day planting trees in the quebrada (ravine)...plantains, bananas, papayas, mangoes, avocados, figs, and carambolas (star fruit). Click on the photo to see Doug's layout plan.
Doug's fruit tree plantation

Hole for power pole
Thursday, Sept 27: The holes have been dug to install the electric poles to bring power to the property. We have purchased 4 cement power poles for along the street, and the fifth one will be located on the property next to the casita.

Thursday, Sept 27: Because there is a high voltage power line running from the substation just to our south, and crossing the line where we need to bring the power in, we must connect to the power on the pole by the highway through an underground conduit. Here the guys are working on digging that passageway. This little underground bypass, we are told, cost us $2,000 to $3,000 extra!
Working on power line

Coconut Palms
Thursday, Sept 27: Back up on top of the hill, here are several of the five coconut palms that we purchased. Paulo planted them at various intervals along the front of the property facing the ocean.

Thursday, Sept 27: The bamboo for the rafters have been sanded and lacquered, and the cement board panels for the ceiling have been painted... ready to start the roof installation.
Materials for the casita roof

Bamboo rafters in place
Saturday, Sep 29: Work on the roof is underway - the high ceilings will have the bamboo rafters exposed, and will provide a beautiful contrast with the "sand" colored ceiling.

Saturday, Sep 29: The power for the property will be brought underground from the pole near the casita, here to where we are building a room, which will also serve as a "tool room" for Doug. Here, the footers have been poured, and the walls will be blocked in.


Starting on the ceiling
Saturday, Sept 29: The chicos are beginning to lay the cement board panels over the bamboo, which will form the ceiling. Here they are working on the porch ceiling. Looking great!

Saturday, Sept 29: Ceiling panels have been placed on the front side of the casita roof. And yes, our guys seem to like to "pose" when they see us taking photos! Cuidado! You are on the roof after all!
Casita roof

The casita
Saturday, Sep 29: Working on the ceiling/roof... Maestro on top of the ladder with two guys holding the ladder and handing up the cement boards to the fourth guy on the roof.... hey, it gets the job done!

Wednesday,
October 3:
We were still in Manta today, but the guys took some photos for us with Doug's tablet.... here, the cement ceiling boards are up on the porch. We like the bamboo against the sand color of the ceiling.

Just like sheetrock in the U.S., the seams will be taped and sealed and repainted.
The porch roof

Power pole beside the casita
Wednesday,
October 3:
We were not here to see the work done on the electricity - but the guys got this shot of the pole beside the casita which holds our transformer (yes, we own that too) and the security lamp.

Thursday,
October 4:
Back from Manta, and Doug couldn't wait to see our power installation. Here are three (of the 5) of our poles lining the street to our property.
The power poles

Kitchen/Powder Room in Casita
Thursday,
October 4:
Looking into the kitchen/powder room section of the casita. At the left side, the "round hole" is where the exhaust fan will be in the half bath, and the other hole in the wall is approximately where the wall between bath and kitchen will be. The window is above the sink in the kitchen.

Thursday,
October 4:
Looking into the bedroom/bath area. The window at the left is in the bathroom, and where the holes are in the back wall is where the wall will separate bath from closet area (which has the small high window). The "front" part will be the bedroom with the French doors onto the porch.
Bedroom/Bath in the Casita

The casita
Thursday,
October 4:
View of the casita from the bedroom (north) end... the electrical/tool room has been blocked up in the area below the casita. There will be one small window on north side for ventilation.

Thursday,
October 4:
The box beside the power pole for the incoming power lines into the room below the casita.
Power installation

Power/tool room under casita
Thursday,
October 4:
Three of the walls are up for the power/tool room. A small window on the north side, and glass blocks (for light) on the west and south walls.

Thursday,
October 4:
Checking out the power installation next to the highway...Pedro and Pedro Pablo have finished their work today - they are still busy working on the barbed wire fence around the property perimeter.
Pedro, Gina, Pedro Jr.

wood floors
Friday,
October 5:
The wood is being installed for my beautiful wood floors in the casita. This is from the underneath side of the bedroom.

Friday,
October 5:
The power room is ready to add the electric panels... the crew is working on connecting the power today.
The casita

The casita
Friday,
October 5:
Another view of the casita from the front.

Friday,
October 5:
The electric meter box is attached to our pole, and they are ready to bring the power into the room under the casita.
The casita

The casita
Friday,
October 5:
Another view of the wood floors... looking into the living room. I don't remember the name of the wood they are using - I need to get it written down for me so I can get it in my brain! But whatever it is, is very hard and beautiful with an almost reddish color grain to it.

See photos from September, 2018