Going back a few months when we were “breaking ground” I had no idea just how big of a project we were starting. Now It’s the middle of June and I find myself sitting in a camp chair on the edge of the jungle in the hills overlooking Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
It is early morning, a time for coffee as the day starts to unfold. Really?, does a day “unfold” and then we refold it when the sun goes down. We really have a quick cup of coffee because the chores all need to be completed before noon. (We try to be done by 11 a.m. but on a farm, there is always something unexpected that needs attention.
From about noon until 4:30 or 5 it is wise to be inside the house. The temperature will be in the high 80’s or low 90’s and the humidity will be almost the same. More importantly, the UV index tends to be a very high 8 or above. The house we are building has windows an all sides plus it is on the top of a hill so the wind often sweeps over the hill in the late afternoon. That makes if much cooler than outside.
We had to change builders a couple of weeks ago and wow what a difference. Things are getting done. Some advice – if you are going to build in Mexico – Just because a builder lives next door to where you are living before building and you have become friends with him and his wife does not mean he will be upfront with you at the building site. Money is one of the many Gods in Mexico and there are those that will fleese you if you let them.
With our new builder we are looking at getting into our new house within about 6 to 8 weeks. We will be living in part of the house while they continue working on the remainder. My wife and I have good friends that live in Nebraska that have lived like that for a couple of years. Brian and Amy have converted an old train depot into a very nice home on their farm. If you like the idea of your own small family farm but don’t want to move to Mexico, visit https:/vomitingChicken.com where she shares her prairie wisdom as well as some great recipes.
When we started building the mistro (contractor) asked if
we would like a basement. Of course, being from up north we said yes without asking a lot of questions. We had no idea that it would take up about a quarter of the mountain and cost about the same as what we had budgeted for the complete project.