Thursday, April 16, 2015

The Rise of the Second Floor!

Today I am starting with a sunset!  We never tire of watching the different ways that nature ends the day here and our photo collection is endless!! :)

One of my favorite things to see is the way the sun bounces off the ocean making it sparkle like jewels!

And now, the latest on our construction.  All of the boards visible here, which formed the beams, have been removed and the second floor is being created with re-bar and cement blocks like the downstairs.

All of the tubes and re-bar need to be introduced before the blocks are laid.  As we have previously mentioned, the tubes will be for the wiring for our lights and electrical sockets.  Also included are the plastic piping needed for water.  The re-bar is structural.

Looking over the edge from the second floor is not my favorite thing to do, however, as you can see, the workers don't seem to be bothered!

As the walls move ever higher, it seems to be a perfect place for George to check out the view with some pretty substantial binoculars.

What can I say?  More beautiful sunsets to break up the rather dull grey concrete of the construction site.

The walls and windows are taking shape.  Here you can see the window that will be in our shower.  Don is a bit of a show off, but this window isn't quite as low as it appears in the photo!

These two windows are on the south side of our bedroom and it's a beautiful view!

From the top of the stairs the opening into the living room is very visible.  At this position our bedroom is on the left and our "closet" is on the right.

Guess what?  One more sunset!

This particular wall in the bedroom which looks down onto the stairs, is a 1/2 wall which helps air to circulate and makes the room feel more open.  In Costa Rica, especially in the rainy season, air movement is very important.  Straight ahead there will be a set of French Doors out to our patio.

The French Doors also have side lites which is why the opening looks so big.  With such a beautiful view it's hard not to have glass everywhere!

A similar sunset, but not quite the same!

The working conditions seem precarious at best, but are just another day at work for Marco. In this photo I am looking down into the living room from the second floor.  Although the kitchen and dining room will have normal flat ceilings, the living room ceiling will be angled and reach to the second floor ceiling. All of the ceilings will have 2.5" x 7" beams to add to our rustic design.

The view from the terraza/deck off the bedroom!  Eventually, there will be roofing in front covering the concrete beams of the Corridors. A little hazy this day, but on a clear day--WOW!  The septic tank is the square of concrete on the left and in the near future, I hope, there will also be some grass and a hot tub.  Beyond the "grass", grows our coffee and citrus trees.

1 comment:

Carole said...

Looking really good! Loving all the sunset pictures. Can't wait to see them myself!