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Brisas House Progress in Late April

After four months of construction, we have walls completed to roof height, the roof of the bodega is finished, and we’re starting to install the alfajias (rafters) that will hold the roof of the main house. It’s the end of April. The official start of the rainy season in Nicaragua is May 15th, but rain can be expected to begin falling any day now. We’re eager to get the roof completed before the rains come! Here’s a selection of photos to show the progress.
house curb appeal

Curb appeal. In this photo you can see the bodega/workshop with white metal roof already installed, the volcanic rock wall with space for the gate that will open into the courtyard, and the outer wall of the master bedroom and bath (still waiting for a roof). The smaller brick building with red Nicalit roof visible in the left corner is the caretaker’s house.

guava It hasn’t rained since way back in November so everything is really dry except for the lucky plants situated near the water tank (which is constantly overflowing every time they fill it). This is a one year old, healthy green Asian Guava that is already starting to sprout fruit. kim full body

Kim has been putting in long hours at the job site overseeing the workers and making sure everything is put together correctly. Having a good construction manager is essential in Nicaragua.

back view

This is the view of the back/side of the house with the back wall of the bodega on the right, and the back wall of the great room with two arched windows. There will be an iron gate in the space that Kim has just walked through and a big fig tree in the space he’s walking towards, that will help shade the great room from midday and afternoon sun.

kim sanding euca postIf you want something done right….. Kim has been getting involved with the finer details. We were able to salvage a large eucalyptus post from a tree that was inadvertently killed during the underground electrical installation. It adds a nice element to the great room. Kim has been busy having it sanded (and in some cases, sanding it himself) to his specifications.

kim euca post workkim drills into euca post

This is a look into the kitchen space. The brick wall will support the stove, countertop, refrigerator, and the unfinished block wall will be the kitchen peninsula.

teak post going in

The crew has just begun installing the teak posts that will support the roof over the porch. We had ordered “river rock” to place in the patio of the beach house, but the guy with the tractor misunderstood my order and showed up with a load of very large boulders totally unsuited for that particular project. We were able to use three of them here to decoratively support the teak posts. It took an entire day to drill holes in the rocks and install them in place.  kim portrait

Fingers crossed we can get the roof on before it rains!

Want to be our neighbor? There are lots for sale! Check out brisasnicaragua.com or contact kobermeyer@gmail.com


2 thoughts on “Brisas House Progress in Late April

  1. House looks awesome, guys. Wishing you great speed and quality. Love the eucalyptus post!!!

    Posted by steve | April 30, 2014, 2:42 pm


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