October 2, 2020

Casa Bianca is shining brightly in the Costa Rica sun, and our indefatigable crew is working hard to bring this project to completion.

The black tile countertops and pedestals are looking great in the bathroom, showers, and kitchens.

The black accents continue outside, where the front fascia of the building is being inlayed with dark volcanic stone.

This is a time consuming step but the end result is super sharp and helps enhance the curb appeal of Casa Bianca.

This black strap is a unique detail that you won’t find on any other Nosara Paradise Rentals houses.

A big development on the inside is the window installation. Once this is done we can start working inside without fear of the weather; for instance you can see that the A/C units have been installed.

 

Grevan Hernandez is the chief architect of our sprawling gardens, and he is all set to execute another masterpiece with Casa Bianca.

We are looking forward to the great work by Grevan and the rest of the team as this project nears the finish line.

Here are some more finishing touches:

 

September 28, 2020

We are in the home stretch on the construction of Casa Bianca. The crew has started to install the ceiling lighting. They are also perfecting the wood-to-concrete mating along the ceiling.

They also are framing and installing the windows. A titan of a task for sure!

Here you can see the first course of windows completely installed.

The exterior is looking gorgeous, and on the inside the fixtures are starting to take shape. Here is the pedestal for the bathroom sink:

The kitchen counterspace has been completely formed and cured.

Now is our chance to see the black tile that will serve as the countertop and backsplash.

The white walls, grey tile, and black accents look great together. Trust me that there was  a lot of consternation over this decision, but so far we are pleased with the result.

It’s amazing what this crew has accomplished in five short months. Casa Bianca is a testament to the power of hard work and cooperation.

Off-site, three of the four exterior doors have been completed. Each of these handcarved masterworks with be a perfect ‘Welcome Home’ for our guests.

September 10, 2020

We’ve been dodging hurricane-level rainstorms for about a week, but the sun finally shined through to give us a great view of the progress on Casa Bianca.

This coat of primer is not exactly the color of the final paint job (which will be pure white), but the primer gives us a nice sneak-peek at the finished product.

The sunshine highlights the immaculate wood work in the ceiling.

The crew is hard at work finishing the tiny details where the wood meets the concrete. Details make the difference.

We are also progressing on the kitchen counters and bathroom sinks. Here is the first glimpse of one of the bathroom sinks:

Here are the kitchen counter areas.

Coming soon in the fixtures, commodes, and tile work. Stay tuned!

August 26, 2020

The rainy season has arrived, and it came in with a BANG!

On August 26 there were flooded roads and bridges all over the Nosara area.

Our office took in a little water, but we are no worse for the wear.

Also the culvert under the bridge behind Casa Serena got clogged with trees, but our guys were quick to pitch in with our neighbors to de-clog the passage.

Incredible bravery and strength on display at Nosara Paradise Rentals.

August 18, 2020

Casa Bianca is reaching for the sky and striking a stunning silhouette against the Costa Rican sky.

The base coat of primer gives us a glimpse of how this building will look once it gets a final coat of white paint. On the inside of the house the crew is making headway on the walls, windows, and ceiling.

Here you can see Mate Kevin priming the raw concrete on the bathroom wall in Unit #2.

The stairwell on the southside of the building creates a spacial challenge; we have to be spot-on with the measurements to make sure that a Safari Cart will fit under the stairs.

This stair set leaves exactly enough room for a cart and still sits within the property line. Our crew doesn’t rest on its successes, so they got right to work on painting the stairs and the southside of the building.

The next step inside to install the ceiling wood to complete the interior space. If you look closely you can see that joists have been secured to the cement and the electrical sockets have been put in place.

 

The craftsman ship is superb on this finished ceiling:

 

 

Now we have to start laying out the kitchen counters. In order to build these in place, we use an this inverted-framing technique that is effective and doesn’t waste any concrete.

The next big milestone will be laying the tile on the floor. We are excited to see the interior of Casa Bianca take shape.

July 17, 2020

Casa Bianca’s roof is complete and now the team is moving on with the exterior accents of this new house.

We have installed a series of natural tree trunks to create the roof of the upstairs patios.

 

Then we added a layer of hardwood planks.

The final step is to add the metal roof on top of the planks to protect the wood.

Also we are continuing to ‘stucco’ the interior and exterior walls with a layer of wet cement.

From the inside we can see the skylights and roof really coming together. The wood looks fantastic in the full sunlight.

Here is a look back at our wood preparation process:

July 13, 2020

Now that the concrete pours are all finished and the roof is in place, you’d think that the boys would be looking for a break…not this crew!

After constructing new scaffolding to reach the second floor, work began on the front patios for the two upstairs units.

Take a look at this hole punched into the cement dividing wall between the two patios; this is where a giant single log will go through to both patios.

Once installed, it creates a look of perfection from the front:

The forward posts are all seated on pedestals.

The patio project continues to reach skyward as the crew is running at full speed to get this project finished.