This week Patricia’s team along with Freddy and Serano have been working on the plumbing and water system. The pressure tank has been installed in its closet atop the cistern and the old kitchen door was cut down to size and installed to secure this equipment.
The water meter has been elevated to a better level and water lines have been cut into the walls and on the driveway leading to our cistern. In the past a hose was used to bring water from the water meter at the street into the cistern. The new system will automatically fill the tank when water is released by the municipality and a float device like the system used in a toilet tank will stop the water from overflowing. How great is that?
Serano even took my outdoor shower and updated it with new pipes and fixtures. A low spigot for cleaning your feet after a walk on the beach, and a shower head, This guy really knows how to treat a gal.
The shower heads have been installed in both bathrooms and they work beautifully. All of our previous places with the exception of the condo in Salinas had suicide shower heads. I have been shocked a few times when one was going bad but they are inexpensive to buy, install and run. And that is what most folks use here so as they say – when in Rome!
The tiles have been cut and placed on the floor where the walls were removed between the two bedrooms making our master bedroom and the two kitchens which will be our kitchen, dining area and salon area. It is not a perfect match but I just love this old tile it is around an inch thick and wears like iron. Our house in Panama had this type of flooring and it was very easy to maintain and always looked good.
They also installed a ridge line on the roof which this house never had as well as replacing several roofing sheets that were cracked. Let’s hope that they got all the bad ones so with the first rain it does not rain in the house.
Two water lines and a drain were installed for our washer and hopefully one day in the near future we will enclose this part of the porch as a laundry and outside storage area.
This week I had hoped to be able to shop with Patricia’s help for a refrigerator, stove, faucets and shower heads. Serano did the shopping for the faucets because the week got away from us. We hope that next week our shopping spree should happen. I really want to replace the bathroom towel racks, hooks and TP holders and pick up two ceiling fans to have these installed while the workers are still here.
We are considering having Patricia’s team do the prep work and painting the interior of the house now. Joe and I cannot handle sanding the newly concreted walls and there is no way I want to move in and try to do this work ourselves. If you could see the dust that this work has created you would understand why I am hesitant to take on this job. Its not the physical labor but the inability to handle that level of dust these days. I wish we had the additional money to do the work on the bathrooms and kitchen while they are working on the other jobs. It would make it so much easier to let the work continue and move in after everything is completed, but monetarily we are doing everything we can right now.
Today Joe and I discussed the possibility of having the one bathroom opened up to the master, that would entail removing walls and doors as well as moving the closet door in the salon to open in the guest bedroom. We got a price and the work should start on that on Monday. Then we can do the painting…what we will have left to do will be the redo of both bathrooms, cabinetry in the kitchen and the laundry closet on the porch. Sometimes patience is not only a virtue but a lifestyle.