Building our new house in Belize, the “Good, Bad and yes Ugly that happens”

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                              5:30 AM Marsha relaxes in her new office 😉

As we finally near the end of the journey building our new home, with repairs and fixes to earlier issues, we can almost see the light at end of tunnel. Of all the major issues encountered early on, the remaining major one that needs fixing, is replacement of kitchen folding windows. Great news, I just received an email yesterday, that the replacement correct window has arrived in Belize City, from Barbados. Yes, that’s right, Barbados. As soon as that correct one is replaced, Nelson our builder can have his guys build the under support and install granite counter outside the kitchen folding windows, almost a year later.

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New lights installed in bathroom, finally I can shave and actually hit every hair ?

We have been living in our new house for a couple months now, without any light fixtures or lights, other than the lights in our installed ceiling fans.

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Finally the shipping container arrives at Pirates Paradise

Finally after almost three months, our 20 foot shipping container arrived, and is now completely unloaded. Whet didn’t come up into the main house is filling our concrete storage room under the house. One of the first items out of the containers were all the light fixtures, for inside the house, and front and back decks. Yes, we now have lights.

My main concern inside the container, was my brand new Vision Ceramic “Egg” Grill / Smoker. I have been “barbecuing” on a Belize drum unit I had made for me, and trust me when I say, it was challenging. I have anxiously awaited the arrival of my Vision, and also my tabletop Traeger Smoker. They all arrived in perfect condition, and I have already started using them both. Yipppppeee !

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My new “baby” arrives intact and ready to barbecue and smoke !

We are at a point where our Builder, Nelson Montalvo is ready to finish the last few things to complete our build, including the landscaping around the house, and repair the mess that was made of our beautiful beach.

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Beginning the process of unloading our new life 

The first thing that needed to happen was to sell and remove the shipping container, which we just accomplished yesterday.

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Shipping container sold, and on its way out of here !

Stone borders will be installed to separate the stone driveway and walkways from the beach sand. Underground water and electricity for auto sprinklers and lights will follow. We had some larger palm trees of different variety planted before this work begins.

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Our landscape company arrives with new palm trees

Our fancy iron gate which I showed you in the last post now has a wireless opener attached to it, and the Pyrate’s Paradise is now more secure.

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 New palms in front of house, looking pretty sweet !

So everything is coming together here in Belize, and Marsha and I are totally thrilled to be here in our new home. Even with the serious “bumps” in the road with our previous GM, we have been totally happy with our actual builder, Nelson, who actually has been on top of everything, and very professional. Like I have said for months now, if you are going to build in Belize, do yourself a favor, and choose a Belizean Builder, and get it done right the first time.

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But more on that when my new book is released, “Building your new house in Belize, the Good, Bad and Ugly that can and will happen”, later this year.

And now it’s time for Marsha and I to fire up the Pyrate Queen and do some cruising on the Caribbean.

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Arrrrrr!

The Pirate….Gary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About storiesbygary

I am a Freelance Writer / Photographer, writing travel related articles for international magazines, blogs and websites and my own published books.
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