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Old 01-07-2007   #46 (permalink)
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Very little work got done the first week. Finally tracked down the carpenter we had hired previously and made arrangements to have some work done. He sent out a fellow named Reuben and his son to finish the upstairs floor. We bought two types of lumber, Frijoleo and zapote. Both very hard hardwoods. Reuben is installing floorboards in the photo below. The wood floor really looks nice now that it's finished. We'll sand it and varnish the wood our next trip down.



Conditions downstairs were pretty unpleasant when we got there, dirt floor, no walls or screens, no shelves to hold food supplies etc. You can see what Jackie thought of the living conditions in the photo below.


The second week we also got a couple of albanil's (stone masons) started downstairs on stone walls and got 1 meter high walls in all the way around and the beginning of a storage closet where we can lock things up when we're not there. There is so much rock on our place, that there was plenty for all of this. Just needed to buy portland cement and sand for mortar. When the walls were done we had a concrete floor poured downstairs. You can see the improvement in the photo below.


I'll end here for now.

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Old 01-07-2007   #47 (permalink)
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Wow Bill, your place looks great!!! I took some pics for you from the last time I was there, but of course, I have no idea how to post them, or for that matter even get them off my camera. I'm looking forward to hearing the rest of your report and seeing some more pics. We plan go out to the jungle to check on our land, and I want to show my husband around. He hasn't been there since last December. I'll be sure to go by and take a look at your place.
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One of the things we decided had to get done was to build a storage area that could be secured between visits. We accomplished this by having a triangular stone addition built on the hexagonal palapa. The door opens to the inside where the kitchen will be. Eventually it will become a pantry when other areas are secured. You can see the walls going in above. Rather ugly stonework but we plan to fill with stucco on the outside and inside. Probably do a mosaic on at least one of the walls.
Upstairs is nearly finished with the exception of screens. Those will be the first effort when we get back. The railings were started upstairs and will need to be finished when we return. One completed side is shown below.

We enjoyed watching the work being done. Below is a picture of Layla our granddaughter watching construction of the outdoor shower with me.

Below is the stone wall that will enclose the shower. There will be a couple of benches, a sink and plants added in time.

That's it for now. I'll post more as time allows.
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We're gonna have to do some improvements on this facility next time we're down.

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Here are some trip photos of family and friends from our December trip

Layla our grandaughter in tohoku cenote with grandma

Layla upstairs in the evening

Layla in bed inside mosquito net

My daughter Jessica, husband Earl and Layla in the pool at Tohoku Park

Jessica jumping in at Cristalino

Jackie at Tohoku Park

Jackie at Cristalino

My sister Phemie, her son Josh with Jackie and I at Zubul Reef

fatman in the pool at Sacbe

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Thanks for the pics

Wonderful pictures Bill. I"m going down to visit my lot in Sacbe in three weeks...can't wait. Actually first time I've been down to Playa in about two years. Looking forward to seeing the progress. The road to our land is now complete, so that's exciting. Can't wait!
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Dave, where's your lot?
On another note got a few more pictures from my sister and her son Josh, The first is the sink that we put in- it's the traditional clothes washing sink of concrete that's common in Mexican homes. I liked it's simplicity. We added concrete counters on the sides after the photo.

The next is just a photo inside downstairs taken from the side the sink is on looking towad our 3 burner cooking strip, After the photo was taken we mounted the little stove on cinder blocks and built the first cabinet and counter top on the right hand side of it.

In the one below of me working on the sink drain you can see the nice door Reuben made for the bodega (storage room).

I came down with Dengue the last week we were there and was in bed sick as a dog so we don't have final pictures when some of the countertops started to go in downstairs or after Rosalene worked making stone raised beds around the house for flowerbeds and also made a concrete walk connecting downstairs door to the outdoor shower.
When we return I think there will be very little needed to make it quite livable. First get the water hooked up, should only take a day. Second, get screens in. Getting Dengue made me very aware of the need for screens. Third, I'd like to add another 100 to 150 watts of solar power so we could have electric lights and fans. Finally we plan to make a composting toilet out building of stone with a grass roof. That should do it.
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Progress in Sacbe

Bill,
Looks like you've made some real progress on your place in the village. I must say, it's great that you post pics regularly. I really appreciate that.
Where is your lot located? When I'm down in a couple of weeks, I'm going to take a good long walk around and see what everyone's been up to and how they've gone about construction.
I own a lot with my good friend and ex-girlfirend Lisa...so it's Lisa y Dave on the lot map. It's a small lot on retourno Maya, bottom left of the lot map. We won't be building for a while, but I am interested in getting to know people in the community over time. I'll probably start camping there one a year or so.
Dengue fever...yikes. Didn't even know we had dengue in the area. You're right though, does highlight the need for screens. What's your prognosis...how long does it take to get over it?
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Hi Dave,
Our place is easy to find now. Just follow the road to Tohoku Park and go right at the park after the volleyball court. You probably should let Ted know when you are coming- they have 24 hr security now, and if they don't know you they might slow your progress. In the vein of getting to know the people there I'll post a few pictures of everyday folks we saw there. Cam should be there working on his house and you should try to meet him and see his place. I assume you know Bill and Lynn. Jose Louis is also building now, may even be moved in by now. Unfortunately I don't have photos of everyone.
This is Walter, our closest neighbor and a wonderful guy.

The next is of Guiterio. If I remember he is 87, still rides his bike and gardens for Tom and JoAnne. He's a gem, just an amazing old fellow.

Finally a picture of Lynn and Mari at Lynn's place . Mari fell while working in a cenote and broke her arm. She is just a wonderful and sweet young woman, and Lynn's room mate. Jackie would practice her spanish with her and Mari would work on her English.


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Thanks Bill!

Thanks again for the pics Bill. Yes, I've been emailing Ted and we're going to meet up on my first trip in. Nice to see pictures of others in the village...I've met Bill and know Tom and Joanne quite well (our first connection to Sacbe)...but one of the reasons I'm going down is to introduce myself since it's been so long since I've been around.
Thanks again for the pics.
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So SD are you back- did you take any photos- how about a short report on things= we won't get back til the end of the year.
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Got some pictures from our friend Lynn, of recent work on our house at Sacbe. A friend of Lynn's, Nehemias, is doing some finish carpentry work for us, so when we get there next time we won't be dealing with bugs. He'll be screening in all the windows, building wooden doors and putting a net over the grass roof to protect it in high winds. I can do carpentry with straight wood but he is amazing fitting all the natural wood together. The first photo shows how things look from the outside looking towards the downstairs doorway.

The next is how things look from the side of the garden shower.

And another from the north side

This is the upstairs windows/screens from the inside

Downstairs from the inside looking out on the side by the sink

And downstairs looking out over our 3 burner stove strip.

I have only spoken with Nehemias a few times but my impression is that he is very talented and honest. I'd highly recommend him to anyone, if you can get him. He's in pretty heavy demand at Sacbe, we had to get in a line and wait. If I can, I'll get Lynn to post his picture here with his work. He also did all the work at her palapa as well as a lot of work at Cam's place-another neighbor at Sacbe. We're thrilled with the work, can't wait to get back in January. Thanks for the photo's Lynn.
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WOW its amazing to see how it is coming along. It looks great. Thank you so much for sharing this with us. I love looking at you pics that you post
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Glad to hear someone enjoys them Shirlee, can;t wait to get back in January.
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Oh Jan. is sooooo far off I know its hard to have expectations, but what do you expect when you go back in Jan.? as for the developement?
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