Overseas construction blog part 10: The devil is in the details

overseas-construction-nicaragua11This is the 10th in a series of posts in which David Steckler shares his experiences of building a vacation home at Hacienda Iguana resort on Nicaragua’s Pacific coast. Here are the first, order second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth,seventh,eighth and ninth. The goal of this candid construction blog is to reduce the anxiety of people who have real estate in Nicaragua and plan to build, but are afraid of making mistakes along the way.

The devil is in the details

Rainy weather finally caught up with our construction schedule and literally bogged down progress. Still, much was accomplished during October and part of November.

The mahogany ceiling is nearly finished as well as the fascia board, which has been stained to match the Alluver™ doors and windows. The white metal roof and flashing stood up to the torrential tropical rains with flying colors and the insulated ceiling blanket helped to keep the noise level down inside.

We have incorporated decorative tiles to brighten up the look in the hallway and at poolside the infinity edge where the cascading pool water will flow got a tiled facelift.

The first coat of interior finish paint is on the walls and we’ve all agreed…… it’s a keeper, unless the colors don’t stand up to Marcia’s exacting color palette when we visit in December. We also hope to purchase furniture for the main house and casita and get our hands dirty with some landscape planting.

Stay tuned.

Category : Blog &Overseas construction in Nicaragua

3 Comments → “Overseas construction blog part 10: The devil is in the details”

  1. Julie Annet

    Dec 06, 2011

    Hi there!

    We’re new lot owners in Rancho Santana (from California) and are enjoying reading about your experiences. We will also be there in December to meet with architects (Jose being one of them) and builders (Horizon also one of them). My husband and I were wondering if you’d be interested in getting together if we’re all there at the same time? We’re arriving Dec 21 and will be there until Jan 4.

    Let us know, thanks!

    Julie Annet


  2. Jane Bakerson

    Jan 03, 2012

    Dear Julie, Thank you very much for the comment and I do apologize for the late reply. For some reason it ended up in my spam folder and so did not appear as a “normal comment” . We use a spam blocker that is obviously a little over zealous. I’ll make sure David sees this.


  3. David Steckler

    Jan 04, 2012

    Hi Julie,

    I’m sorry I didn’t get a chance to read your Dec. 6th comments until now, but I’m very glad to hear your in good hands with JSR and Horizon Group. We had a very productive week at Iguana and hope you did to….we’ll surely meet down the road being neighbors and all. Lets keep in touch and if I can be of any help let me know.


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