I just got back, last night at 10pm, from Playa Guiones. I learned a lot about my house. I lived in it, the first two nights sleeping on my surf bag, the next 3 on a queen mattress. I woke each morning in the Master bedroom of Khouse. There were usually pizotes outside, I think attracted there by the mound of trash left by the contractors.
The house was glorious. The hardwood floors were stunning, the kitchen spacious, the view complimented, the proportions and functionality right on. The house as christened with Ashley, Ariel and er, Kim was it?, and me on the terrrace drinking Tona and smoking cigars while watching the sunset. No pictures were taken.
There was, however, still much work to do on the house before it is ready for a real walk through. Lights were missing, stairs were not installed, there were no windows in the master bedroom door or shower, etc. And there are parts of the house that already, clearly, need to be Nosara-ized- gutters installed, gaps in the ceiling where geckos will take up residence closed up, etc. Frankly, I cannot see it being ready for inhabitants until the end of January at the best, and likely the end of February.
But that is ongoing and I will follow it on the blog.
In the mean time, I will post some images.
The house from the drive way.The drive way was too steep for my rental yaris, so I parked on the road. But you can see here the gallery pass through, in teak, the rusted tower and the horizontal of the living room and guest rooms.
This is blurry. I don’t know why I didn’t get a better image. Yes I do. It was 5:30am and I was late to the airport.
This shows the master bed, gallery, and kitchen from the “front”- ocean side- of the house. It looks great. The gallery was a really perfect piece and allows the whole space to open up and breath.
The length of the house, going, from right to left, living room, guest room, guest bath, master guest room.
The kitchen from below.
Stunning floors right? The thing in the middle is the entertainment center area, with a sliding door (not finished), which slides left to close off the guest bedroom, which converts into the living room when not being used.
The zendo. I am not sure if these are the final floors or not. The windows, as shown, open. How to clean them, I have no idea.
This is what was working, which was most of it. The project is grand and good. It was, frnakly, bigger than I had anticipated. Nothing wrong with the execution, I just had problems imagining the size. Its the dry season and you can see more of it from the road than I had anticipated, but hopefully landscaping will help.
I spoke to landscapers, neighbors and property management teams while I was there. I got some interesting advice, and will implement and update. The neighbors, regrettably, mentioned that they believed that the work crew, while living on my property, had committed some thefts. I don’t know that this is true or not, but my neighbors were definitely irked with me.
Ok, I gotta work. Next post on the things that were NOT working so well.