Saturday, April 18, 2015

A Bit More of the Second Floor!

Pura Vida!

With the addition of the second floor the visibility of our house has increased, and just imagine how it will be once the roof has been added!  This, I assume, will be happening fairly soon as the upstairs is near complete and the rainy season is just around the corner!

Now that we are able to climb the stairs, we can view the downstairs from a different angle.  Here shows the opening to the Kitchen, on the left, and the opening to the Dining, Living Rooms on the right.  These openings are located on the landing as you climb to the second floor and allow not only a nice view of the downstairs but light and circulation..

The opening to the Kitchen from the bottom of the stairs which also allows you to see the landing.

From the outside you can see that the walls are progressing and the re-bar across the top is the start of the concrete beams.  The process is the same as we shared on the first floor and will be the completion of the construction of the second floor.  Of course, there is still much "finishing" to do before we will have a home to move into but any progress gets us closer to our goal!

 The wood forms have been added to the re-bar and the concrete beam is ready to be poured.  The view here is down the back side corridor showing the Kitchen and Dining Room.

Just the place I'd choose to sit and take a break--NOT!

Looking down the hallway, you can see that we have created one more arch with the addition of the second floor wall.

The wood forms are all built and supported ready for concrete!

Although looking like they are dressed for cold weather, it is really quite warm and the choice of wardrobe has more to do with sun protection than cold!

Busy, busy, busy!  Many men work on our house and who changes almost as often as the shape of the house!

 Coming up the driveway you can see the Entry window (just to the left of the ladder, the Bell Tower (rising above the ladder) and the Kitchen windows. Way to the left is the Dining Room.   As you look to the right, you will come to the Art Room and further down the Guest Bedroom, Bath and the Laundry Room.

Because of how narrow our building site is, our house is quite long, and the reason we decided to put our Bedroom on the second floor.  The addition of the Bell Tower also helps to eliminate the "motel feeling" that was created by the long narrow structure.

One of the things we love about Costa Rica and Berlin in particular, is all the new life.  On my walk yesterday this hen, and her brood of chicks, was along the side of the road looking for insects.  We see calves, piglets, puppies, kitties and, of course, lots of babies everyday and love watching all of them grow and change.  We will have no problem populating our new home with kittens, puppies, chicks or anything else we might wish to be part of our life on the finca.

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