Building Your New Home in Belize, the Good, Bad and Ugly

      The Story Ends, but Yours is Just Beginning

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Hello All, 

I am sure from the emails and txt’s I have received the past few months, that I have many readers awaiting the release of my new book, Building your NEW HOME IN BELIZE, the Good, Bad and Ugly.

I really wanted to wait until the entire house was completely finished, however, it is now about two years into it and the final obstacle is still not complete. You know what I am going to say, the frickin 6-panel folding kitchen “pass thru” window still not installed.

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Another double lot available on the Caribbean Sea

As you know, the incorrect window was installed by my first “builder” and was finally ordered my actual excellent builder Nelson Montalvo here in Maya Beach. Regretfully, the company he ordered the correct one from in Honduras, we found out went bankrupt! Supposedly the window is built and they were awaiting shipment of the specialty tracking and hinges.

Well, that’s been many months waiting, and the frustration level has peaked from frustration to just plain anger.  At this point, I am just accepting the fact that the large kitchen window will never open.

Did I ever advise you to select your “builder” very carefully? Wasting 8K on an incorrect order like this window can add up to a bunch of funds wasted if he’s an asshat? Not to mention frustration, disgust and yes, hate.

So, that being said, what a perfect last chapter for the book,

Ending the building of our house with UGLY!

The book is almost finished compilation, will go through multiple edits, and then a final edit by my Editor/friend at Central America Living Magazine in Costa Rica.

And then when its all completed and ready to go, it will be released on Amazon as a paperback and eBook, along with many online bookstores. This will take a couple months, so hold on.

And you will be the first to know, so stay tuned.

Gary….The Pirate

 

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Lots directly on the Caribbean Sea on the Placencia Peninsula are still available for under 250K. Contact Marsha@1stchoice.com for info, and to start building your dream.

 

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Building your new home in Belize, the Good, Bad and Ugly

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Building your new home in Belize, the Good, Bad and Ugly

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Front and Back Cover of my new book, designed by Nada.

It’s very exciting being this close to publishing my 3rd book about life in Belize, Central America. This latest book with plans for the “book launch” end of this month is taking some interesting turns, but I am hopeful that It will still launch on time.

For the first time I actually hired a super Graphic Designer to produce my book cover, both front and back. I am so very pleased with Nada, and will be giving her credit in the hardcover book.

As you might already know, this book enjoy’s the same name as this blog, and is based on this blog’s posts. Of course there will be a great deal of extra stuff in it, how to locate your best land and house deals here in Belize, contacts for just about everything, where to find stuff and more. As you might suspect, I am also including a chapter just on the builders I would suggest you contact, their history, references and contact info. That is probably the biggest plus or minus of your building experience. Most homes built here go thru at least a couple contractor builders to actually complete or repair your home.

One of my challenges is the conversion of all my WordPress blog posts with tons of photo’s to the correct format used in print books and eBooks. Regretfully, I am at the mercy of the companies I am using for these processes, as well as my editor and publisher.

However, I just wanted to give you all an update on the release, and let you know it is really coming soon, to bookstores in hard copy, Amazon in hardcore as well as an eBook.

 

Cheers,

Gary…..The Pirate

 

 

 

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Building your new home in Belize, the Good, Bad and Ugly that can happen.

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Pyrates Paradise Paella on my Vision Grill, overlooking the Caribbean, for evening with good friends.

As things come to an end here at Pyrates Paradise with our home build, I can honestly say I would do it all over again, knowing what I learned of course. Little things like finishing patches on outside walls, correcting some drainage issues we have discovered during heavy rains, and adding some additional electric boxes are some.

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Paella finishing touches, chicken, sausage, shrimp and of course, spiny lobster.

 

Of the multiple design flaws we encountered, the un-needed kitchen window, the wrong height roofline over the outdoor shower, there was another major mistake. If you build a home in Belize, or anywhere that experiences major rains, make sure your home design especially over your outdoor decks includes an overhang.

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Note the roofline isn’t extended over the deck. See added gutter installed under floor edge.

The outside deck on our outdoor shower side isn’t covered by the roof, thus massive rain and water not contained and removed by the rooftop gutter system. We recently had to hire a contractor to install gutters on outside edge of floor to send runoff out to sea.

Another issue with original “builder / general contractor” arose after we had to call for service on our air conditioning system. After three repair calls, where they found a fuse blown in the outside unit, the 4th call found a burned electrical panel in the AC unit.

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Top unit is original to bedroom AC unit. Bottom ecox is new replacement unit.

I called our builder Nelson Montalvo who actually built our house about the issue. He informed us that the AC units originally installed, were purchased by our “original builder/general contractor” at a local store. I asked him if he had ever used this brand and he said no, they were a cheap brand, that he only used “Ecox” AC Units, and had never had a problem with them.

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This is new great room AC unit, that is now programable, and has direction adjustments.

He said he gets his units from one of the major stores in Belmopan, Aggregate Hardware, where we purchased our whole house Generac generator. We drove the 1.5 hours up to Belmopan and purchased the replacement AC unit and had it installed. It works more efficiently, more effectively, and has more useful features. Yes, we paid more for this one than the original, but we live in the Caribbean, and good AC comfort can be essential. If it is to you, its a major appliance you need to pay attention to.

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This is the burned electrical unit in original Delta AC unit. Repairman said the compressor overheated was dangerous situation.

We are a couple weeks from the final project that needed to be corrected, the replacement of our large, 6 panel window in the kitchen. Along with that, the beautiful granite counter that has been laying on the deck for the past year gets installed under the window out on the deck. After more than a year, we will finally actually be able to open the kitchen window!

And for one of the final times I will say this. It is extremely important to choose the best builder in Belize, and I mean the Builder, not a “general contractor” to build your new home. Don’t be fooled by a smile and friendly handshake just because he is from Canada or the U.S. and speaks english. Chances are he can’t speak Spanish, and does not communicate well with those building your house. Believe me, it will be a Belizean Builder that builds your home, one that works with Belize suppliers and knows what works here, not just whats cheap. The book I will be publishing end of this year, will have recommendations and Bio’s of the Belizean Builders I believe are the best here on the mainland. I have seen their work, I know the owners of houses they have built, and I wouldn’t recommend them, if I wouldn’t use them myself.

And at that point I do believe this blog will take a right hand turn, back to its original venue, world travel. At that point the entire blog will be published as a book I have been working on called, you guessed it!

“Building your new home in Belize, the Good, Bad and Ugly ! “

Keep an eye out for the announcement of its released which appears to be occurring in December, on Amazon and other companies in eBook and print form. As I speak I have a well known Graphic Designer, Nada Orlic, designing its cover, my Editor panting, and three publishers anxiously awaiting the first draft.

 

Until our next meeting, start planning to visit your dream, and finding your paradise.

The Pirate…..Gary

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Happy Halloween everyone !

 

 

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Building your new home in Belize, the Good, Bad and Ugly that can and does happen.

 

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As we wind down in final days of our build, the Pirate and his wench are finally able to explore. Here I am, searching for pirate treasure in Guatemala 🙂

As I wind down this blog about building our new house in Belize, Central America, my posts are getting gearing towards their final destination, publishing my third book about Belize. The new book will release by end of 2018, will be everything about purchasing property, selecting an honest builder who actually has integrity, and knows what he is doing, building your new home, and everything else you need to know. I will guide you through the entire process, including where to purchase everything for your home, from refrigerators, to alarm systems, lighting and pots and pans.

Watch for “Building your new house in Belize, the Good, Bad and Ugly”, available on Amazon later this year.

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Wrong window ordered and installed a year ago, unable to open !~

But, enough about that, lets look at the “finishing touches” of our new house, which is at this moment 99% finished.

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Our granite pass thru counter, sitting waiting to be installed under correct window for past year !

I will identify that 1% as the replacement of the incorrect folding kitchen window, and “pass thru” counter window. My builder, Nelson Montalvo has ordered the correct window from his supplier along with the massive amount of windows ordered for one of the other houses he is presently building. It is due to be delivered and installed within the next few weeks, and we are confident it will be with Nelson.

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Calypso…guarding our beach and home 🙂

As security is an ever present issue here in Belize, we have an addition to our family, and a “girlfriend” for Oliver. Her name is Calypso (pirate wench of course), a full blooded Rottweiler from the states.

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Beware…you are warned !

As Calypso will have the run of the property, we wanted a barrier for her to identify with, so as not to engage with beach walkers, creating heart attacks. Our solution was to have our construction handyman Rigo build a fence and gates along the side and back of the house, with “finish-line fencing material. With this as it is on our decks, it causes no barriers, in fact, as you can see through it, it almost disappears from sight.

When Rigo finished the installation, he asked my if I was worried that Calypso could walk or eat her way through the fence? I responded, she will be trained to only do that when someone outside the fence becomes a threat.

His response? “They are dead”!

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Secure fence is installed, can you see it ?

Like I have often said to so many concerned about home safety, your two best defense options for your home are good lighting and a big dog. Nothing says stay the hell out like a sign that states “I can make it to this gate in 2.3 seconds, can you ?”.

We have been working on landscaping and our beach with the assistance of our groundskeeper, Rogillio, who makes me tired watching him work away in 90 degree heat, with a smile. We brought in a load of sand and he has been working on out beach to make and keep it beautiful.

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See the small coconut trees on left ? They were 1 foot tall couple months ago.

I would like to say a little about landscaping, especially palm trees, when you decide to build your new home. Back when I first started this endeavor, I have a local nursery bring in three medium size palm trees and plant on right side of the beach, to mirror the three palms on the left. A couple months ago after deciding we needed some additional palms on out property, i invested in a few small coconut’s with palm trees sticking out of them. I paid like $10 BZ each for these little guys, instead of $150 BZ for big guys.

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See three small palms on right side ? $800 BZ !

I wish that two years ago I had done this, because they would be medium size by now ! Just saying.

If you have been watching the Facebook pages here in Belize, you probably heard about our assault by sargassum on our beaches. It appears we are finally over this wave fore 2018, I hope. Through the efforts of Rogillio, our beach is again looking awesome.

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Today, post sargassum assault !

I will end with a view of the original one and only three piece wall painting created by my good friend Walter Castillo, the famous French Artist living here in Belize. We had this rather large wall over our folding doors to the deck, and engaged Walter to create a masterpiece, which he did. Let me say, it looks much more impressive in person.

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 Our latest addition, after Calypso 🙂

Be well, safe and live each day as if it is your last…. with Rum I would suggest.

 

Cheers,

 

Gary…..The Pirate pirate

 

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Building your new home in Belize, the Good, Bad and Ugly that can and will happen.

Oh my god ! A real beach !

Time goes on and the final “finishing touches” of the house are slowly happening. Our builder Nelson Montalvo ordered the correct “replacement” window for the kitchen, six panels opening outward, from his supplier. They should arrive soon and get that major issue finally fixed.

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Still the wrong window, and granite counter waiting to be installed.

We have added some fencing to our original plan, utilizing the “Finish Line Bayco” plastic wire we brought down from Oregon. This will finalize completing the fencing of our entire property. We chose a combination of fencing that isn’t obnoxious, doesn’t really block views, but does in fact state “enter if you have permission”.

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Bayco fencing completing the security area (and dog containment).

We have multiple gates around our property for our neighbors and friends to come in to visit, or easy exit for us to our most beautiful beach.

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View from the Pyrates Cabana, new fencing and gate.

For security we do have multiple levels, starting with the fencing, graduating to our CCTV cameras and alarms.

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Infrared Security Cameras installed high and dry.

And then we have our newest addition to our security system, enter Calypso, our new female Rottweiler.

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Property signs 😉 

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GDIT ….Guard Dog in Training…Calypso…(hungry) Female Rottweiler.

 

Now I would like to continue with my highlights of Belize Quality Builders, with an intro for Martin Galvez. martin is a local Contractor/Builder who I hired to make my awesome from iron gate, and three smaller iron gates. Martin recently built multiple homes down the road on the lagoon, and has started building a friends home in Amik kil Ha, the fantastic development up the road from us. Martin and his crew can build any kind of home structure you have in mind, from wood and concrete to steel, and his finished product is excellent.

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My Pirate electronic gate built by Martin Galvez.

 

Anyone interested in building here in Belize should contact one of our highly qualified and experienced builder/contractors, and martin certainly is on this list.

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Sorry..kind of dark. House being built here in Maya Beach by Martin Galvez Construction.

You can contact Martin at email-smardan@live.com

Messenger- @martin.galvez

 

And so, another day, another accomplishment or three. It’s always a good idea to start off your day with inspiration, today ?

Mimosa’s ! 😉 on the deck.

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Great news…I have started the first (of many) edits of this blog for my soon to be published book. “Building your new house in Belize, the Good, Bad and Ugly”.

It should be finished and released for sale by December holidays, so keep an eye out for it. If you have been following this blog, the book will have some added important info and checklists, including my list of only the best and most honest builders in Belize, and contact info.

Till next time,

ARRRRR !

Gary …The Pirate

 

 

 

 

 

 

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