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squares of colored wood

Waste Not, Want Not – Making the Most of our Wood and Rental Equipment

Our house building project officially began in March of 2012 when we bought enough electrical cable to make it up the hill. The water tubes came next so we could test the water pressure to what would become a two story bath. We inventoried the wood we had available, tallied the trees we would need

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Wood House Costa Rica

Why We Chose a Painted Metal Roof, Using Bamboo Poles & Water Problem

Why we chose painted metal roofing, how we used bamboo to help with building, and combating water stains from the incessant rain on our interior wood ceiling. Roofing Options in Costa Rica In Costa Rica your roof is, in my opinion, the single most important investment that you can make for your new home. If you

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Wood House Skeleton

Building Project Costa Rica – Part 4 – Tools & Torque

Our Building Project – Images of the progress since the last post (permission to project start), how very important a machete and rope have become and which brands of tools are taking a beating. We are officially deep in the throes of building. Not the sometimes you talk about “Oh yeah, 6 am to 6

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First Days Progress

Building Costa Rica – Permission to Project Start

Building Costa Rica – Obtaining Permission to Project Start Part 3 The waiting is over. We are finally starting our house building project. This article covers the steps we took to get permission, how we prepared the posts to go directly into the ground using re-bar and images of the site after the first day

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Wood Drying

Building Costa Rica – Building with Wood

Why are we Building with Wood? Part 2 Building Costa Rica. We chose to build our home with both wood and concrete. Wood will be our supports, buried directly in the ground, and serve as the material for the entire second level. Wood provides a cooler environment inside the house and reduces the likelihood of mold growth.

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Spotted Wood Snake

Spotted Wood Snake from the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica This 10″ Spotted Wood Snake was found close to our avocado tree underneath the scattered leaves. This is their normal habitat. They eat insects from the ground. Their defense mechanism is to flatten themselves to the ground when in danger. You can see in the first

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Building Guest Cabin

Construction Project in Costa Rica – Building the Guest Cabins.

Construction Project number two is going well This is phase 2 of our building guest cabins project down here. It is coming along nicely, albeit slowly. This structure will contain two guest rooms, one bathroom, a kitchen with a wood burning pizza oven and an area just for hammocks and lounging around. Barry and Alfredo

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Cabin completion? Check – Building in Costa Rica (Video)

Building our first wood cabin in the country. Oh yeah, the cabin is finally completed. We have moved in and live on our farm now. It’s lovely and beautiful and wonderful. Barry received notice of his residency approval this week also so we celebrated a bit. I went to Panama and bought a bunch of

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