The Nosara Paradise Rentals team is progressive at a rapid pace. For instances there are the eaves of Casa Tranquilo, which have been sanded and varnished.
This is difficult and dangerous work, but these guys are up for the challenge.
Of course the main project right now is the construction of Casa Bianca. We framed up the window and door headers.
Soon we will commence the monster pour of the second story slab. These styrofoam blocks will be encased in the slab, which is essential to save weight and improves HVAC efficiency while muffling the footsteps of the upstairs neighbor.
Here you can see the final form fit for the ceiling slab here:
Stay tuned for this amazing feat, as every drop of concrete will be poured from above one wheelbarrow load at a time. Here is what the road to success looks like:
Meanwhile the preparations for Casa Bianca’s roof wood continues.
You gotta love the depth and variety of colors in this lumber.
Look in the sky…it’s a bird? A plane? No…it’s the second story of Casa Bianca.
Now that the window and door headers have cured solid, the team has started to run rebar and frame the second story slab.
Part of building in Costa Rica is to anticipate earthquakes, and we do that by leaving gaps in the block wall and pouring in these concrete support pillars.
Here you can see Captain Alex and Captain Carlos roughing up the finished pour so that later we can add a wet-coat of concrete in a stucco-like fashion.
Meanwhile, the boat garage has been transformed into a wood shop. This raw timber needs to be sanded and cured for a few weeks before it is ready to be shaped into roof trusses, stairways, and trim pieces.
We are stoked with this progress and can’t wait to see what’s next!
The team in Costa Rica isn’t letting up on their work! The rehabilitation project of the wood fascias has now continued to Casa Tranquilo.
Casa Tranquilo is our second-oldest house, but you’d never be able to tell by looking at the wood.
Speaking of wood, Javier scoured the local sawmills for the perfect wood to use on the rood trusses and facias for the new house, Casa Bonita.
This locally-felled hardwood requires a long period of baking in the sun to dry out before it is ready to be cut and stained.
The ecology in Costa Rica is so aggressive that if the wood doesn’t properly cure before staining, the bugs will burrow inside the wood and chew it up from within the varnish. This kind of delay can (and has) held up our construction projects in the past, but Javier and Dieter are planning this caper perfectly. This wood will be ready to be built into trusses once we get to that step of the building procedure.
Casa Bianca is growing before our very eyes; one week after finishing the foundation, the crew has stacked and filled several courses of block.
The speed of this progress is astonishing, especially from a crew who are not full time constructions workers. Remember that these guys first professions are boat crew and office staff.
The next milestone is a real challenge: pouring the second story concrete floor, which is essentially a second fully-formed slab just like the initial foundation.
In order to get there, we first have to pour concrete lentils (or window headers). This tricky pour is a good warm-up for the big one to come. Here is a close-up look at the rebar lattice drilled into existing block:
Then we form in the sides and bottom of the lentil.
Also the guys were smart enough to pour these lentils on a Saturday so they can have a full 48 hours to dry and cure.
Exciting progress at the Nature Preserve campus as Casa Bianca is really taking shape!
Nothing helps pass the time like a project, and at Nosara Paradise Rentals our property improvement projects are making the days fly by.
This roof refinishing project is long-overdue. With a lot of gutty trips up the ladder and hours with a sanding disc, these eaves are looking good as new.
We always try to conserve materials, so we applied the excess stain to the house signs.
Of course our new house Casa Bianca is the main project, and all hands are on deck for this build.
Notice that there are no tracks from an excavator? That’s because this foundation was dug the old fashioned way: Shovels and sweat!
We were able to purchase all the materials needed for this job is one fell swoop. There is a lot of lost time waiting on deliveries, and that’s a problem that we won’t have to worry about.
We also don’t have a big cement mixer truck, so the stem walls were poured manually. Many hands make light work.
With the stem wall in place and the dirt tamped down, we are ready to route the plumbing and electrical conduits that will go under the slab.
Javier Hernandez and our long-time master builder Dieter are running this job-site with expertise and determination. That’s a good thing because if we left it up to these guys we’d have a problem:
Past guests of Nosara Paradise Rental should recognize familiar faces: Security guard Eduardo Hernandez, driver “Fast Freddy”, concierges Yoseph and Arturo are all pitching on on this project.
Maria has the kitchen roaring and is supplying breakfast, snacks, ice water, and (most importantly) coffee for the crew.
Vincent Van Gogh: “If one is master of one thing and understands one thing well, he has insight into and understanding of many things.”
It’s really impressive to see how our boat crews are able to completely reorient themselves towards construction work. These guys are masters of a specific craft (sport-fishing) and it’s amazing to see them turn in a strong day’s work while helping the team in the field of construction.
Nosara resident Maria Gómez: “[What a great leap from the sea to land the work on land is hard. Tired and sore. Wow!]”
Hopefully their flexibility is an inspiration to all the people right now who are out-of-work or in an unsure position professionally. A strong work ethic and openness to new challenges will always end in success.
Florida Sportsman Editor Blair Wickstrom: “Great work….I think I found a bunch of guys who want to get back on the boats more than I do. Looks good though….”
Hubble Keller: “I can’t wait to get there, looks good boys.”
Maria Acanfora Lein: “Looking forward to returning with my son, Harris and grandson Noah”
Ray Wimbrow: “Looking guys! Stay safe”
Candice Spivey Trevino: “Looking great! Looking forward to our next visit!”
Ginger Graham Hill: “Great job. We snuck our trip in on Valentine’s day in February. So glad we got to enjoy Nosara before all of this. We will be back . Everything and everyone was amazing!”
Brenda Taylor Russell: “Looks great everyone!!! Stay safe we love you all!”
Mirtha Bustos Carrillo: “[Beautiful that Nosara Paradise Rentals maintains the staff in such difficult times that it is a blessing for their Employees✌]”
Samantha Kenney: “Praying for you all! Can’t wait to come back!”
Mark Cooney: “Incredible! I’ve watched them work many times. They amaze me with their stamina and talent. Kudos to Craig, Matty and the gang for keeping everyone working and making decisions that are of benefit everyone!”