Living On The Edge of the Jungle -breaking ground

Breaking GroundGoing 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:/ where she shares her prairie wisdom as well as some great recipes.

When we started building the mistro (contractor) asked if

Our Farm in Mexico

Breaking ground for the basement

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.



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2 Responses to Living On The Edge of the Jungle -breaking ground

  1. Maureen says:

    Looks like it is going to be beautiful. I can hardly wait to see it. Love little sis

    • William Chaney says:

      It is really shaping up, wait until you see the latest pictures, I will be painting the walls soon. All the other work is being done
      by the contractor but I can paint and that saves a few dollars or pesos.

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