It’s almost mid-November and we’ve been lucky with rain – usually October and November are the wettest months of the year, but other than one 48-hour spell at the end of October, we’ve only had evening showers. This has been fortuitous for our construction crew, whose members have been completing buildings at the site of our Estate Rooms and Edén, and wrapping up infrastructural work and hotel administrative buildings at what we call “basecamp”. Here are a half-dozen pictures of the work that’s been going on since my last construction update.
We’re Closing In
As we close in individual buildings (ie, get doors and windows installed, so that we can condition the spaces and keep them dry), we’ve got crews quickly following up with mahogany siding on the outside and water-resistant drywall on the interiors. Install some floors, trim, and fixtures, paint, and voilà – you can come and stay.
Doors & Furnishings
On the left you can see some of the giant, floor-to-ceiling, sliding and folding doors getting coats of stain and varnish. On the right is an unfinished small sitting table that will go out on the decks of our Ocean Suites, being built in our homegrown on-site furniture shop from trees that had fallen years ago and are now nicely seasoned hardwood. (I’ll say more about our furniture-making operation in a future post…)
Outdoor Dining Locale + Local Ingredients
The central cupola-type structure for our bamboo-and-thatch outdoor dining pavilion at Edén is suspended by rope and scaffolding, as workers bring the preassembled columns and rafters into it, all some thirty feet in the air. Meanwhile, the plants I showed in the last update have started producing: I’ve been eating fresh organic cucumbers, lettuce, and tomatoes from our onsite organic farm almost every day for the past two weeks, along with the occasional harvest of radishes, green beans, and herbs. We’ve also completed our greenhouse structure, which will help us grow some plants that are more sensitive in their water needs, or more susceptible to insects and other critters that want to eat them before we are ready to harvest (I’m looking at you, iguanas!).
As the work will soon be moving entirely indoors for those wonderful finishing touches we prefer to reveal to our guests in person, I’ll call this my last construction update, at least for a while.
When we begin work next year on the residences we’ve sold, it may be a good time to get back into “reporting from paradise” on our construction progress. Until then, we’ll be busy taking care of all the little details that are fun for us to attend to, and even more so for you to experience. See you on Isla Palenque.