Building a rental home on the coast of Ecuador! Week 1

Last post I showed you the first week of construction of our rental home we are building on the coast of Ecuador. As I mentioned before, the construction started on April 1, 2013. So here below is what the final excavated hole in the ground looked like when it was completed.

Completed excavation site.

Week 1

The brown colored base brought in by truck.

April 4, 2013

The next step of the process as they do here in Ecuador is to compact and fill the excavated site with a mixed product that I have not seen in Canada. It is similar to a sandy fine gravel base. To me it is like a base used in road construction. It is brought to the work site and then the workers shovel and wheelbarrow it into the excavated site all by hand. Ya, labour work at its finest. It is spread out in portions and compacted with a rented small compactor, and a hand stomper. Which resembles a log on a stick.

The compacted and layered sections of the base. It has been layered and compacted several times, and brought up to the density and thickness required and determined by the Architect and the Maestro. ( A Maestro is similar to what we would call a journeyman of a particular trade.

Building a rental house on the coast of Ecuador

April 8, 2013

Here they are still layering and compacting. There has been usually 3 workers doing this for the last several days. Hard work in the blistering sun, as it has been humid and usually around 32 c.

The small compactor that the workers use to compact the base.

Next post on Retiring In Ecuador Blog, I will be writing about the next phase of the construction of our rental home.
The next phase is the measuring and placement of the wooden footing for the concrete columns that will be erected. Stay tuned for the continuation of this series of posts.

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