Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year

It's been a couple of months since my last post so I'm providing an update now that we are starting a new year and a new decade. We made a trip down to Belize, in early December, to check on the construction and to pick out tiling, doors and cabinets. We also wanted to check on the window sizes to make sure they are correct before we order them. The house has a coat of plaster both inside and out and everything is really coming together, ready for the next stage.

We've made a few changes to the the inside layout, removing an extra door into a bedroom and adding an door to the pantry under the stairs. The construction work should begin again sometime late January or the beginning of February. It was a daunting task trying to pick out everything that goes into the house with only a little over a week to make the decisions. Fortunately, not all the decisions needed to be made right away.
We have decided to use a red tamarind for the interior doors and cabinets. That was an easy choice. Now we just need to pick the style for the doors and designs for the cabinets. The tiles for the living room, bedrooms and baths will be decided at a later date after we have more of a chance to look around. We visited tile stores in Belize City, Orange Walk and Corozal but did not find everything we were looking for, so we have decided to look over in Chetumal to see if we have other options.
I hope that the construction will be done by April but there will be lots of landscaping that will need to be done along with building a fence to keep the dogs in. That should keep us busy until the end of the year.
We plan on returning sometime in March to oversee the tile installation. The windows and front door should be in by then and with the house enclosed at that point, the cabinets should also be installed while we are there. Exciting to think that we are almost finished. Now we just need to plan for the move.


sandy a said...

glad to see your update! We are getting everything straightened out at our place. We're going down on the 26th of this month to check it out.

Dave + Dianna Rider said...

Your place is really looking swell. BTW, thanks so much for the gloves, Turby, and especially the flashlight. Way cool stuff.
Cheers and Happy New Year,

Anonymous said...

It is easier to get than to keep it...................................................

Anonymous said...


My name is Jeff Wright. I'm long time friend of Phil and Jane Freytag and have visited them at Consejos Shores while in Belize several years ago. I have lost Phil's email address and need to contact them. I live in Colorado Springs up the road from where they used to live in Canon City. Please give Phil my email address: and ask him to contact me. Thanks, Jeff