Friday, June 25, 2010


Those are MY Trusses! 
(This Ghetto moment brought to you by five bourbons, the Southern Schools Mixer, a Karaoke party and A DREAM HOUSE IN COSTA RICA.  Bitches.)

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Fresh off the press...

It has feet.  And a floor.  Kind of.  Wow, this is really moving quickly. The steel frame is cold rolled, and built according the California earthquake standards.  It should allow the house to flex and to survive.  Note how little earth moving is being done.  Other than the master bedroom, I am not laying a foundation.  This was intentional- to let the breeze flow under, cooling the house, and to allow wildlife and rainwater to pass under. 

I had a holdup with the water.  The Asada, a local water group, required some paper work, but, of course, they would not send or fax it to me, and of course, it needed to have an original signiture.  Alex, of DatumZero, picked it up on a site visit, and scanned it to me.  I printed, signed and sent it back.  No doubt they will want some payment now...its unclear where they receive their authority or jurisdiction to do so, but they can hold up a project, and know it, so it will be paid.

I am going down in July to see the work for myself. Amazing no?

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

From Guillermo re the wood:

"I am thinking the bottom (#1) color for the flooring which is as well Teak.
As a side note, all the Wood for the entire sheathing of the house is prepared, cut and predrilled, it is now in the process of finishing, and sealing. The beams are fabricated and will be shipped to site in the next couple of weeks.
Alex will be sending you the report today, i know he is doing an inspection on the woodwork today."
How amazing is that? This whole thing is going to be done in 6 months.  There is a house right next to me in SF which is not much bigger and certainly not in the jungle, which has been under process for over a year.  
DatumZero has been amazing so far.  

And I have teak floors.
Nice Wood:

Guillermo today sent me a sample of the wood that will be used as the outside of Plan B.

Its the one on the far right.  A darker wood, but one that matches the trees on the land.  The wood was sustainably grown, I believe in Nicaragua- so semi local.  We chose the wood for those reason.  Its teak, which is both naturally insect resistant, and a hardwood which stands up to the elements extremely well.  This means there is no need for a polymer coating, which would be toxic, or for insecticides, which are, of course, also toxic.
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