Building a rental home on the coast of Ecuador! Week 11-13

In case you missed it, here is work week #10 WEEK #11 JUNE 10-14, 2013 The entire week of work will be mostly spent on troweling on the cement mixture for making the wall smooth. It is a time consuming process that will take a little while to do. The result will be a fairly smooth result. The final product will be as smooth as painted drywall. The mixture is approximately 5 cm thick (2 inches.)  So this week the maestro “slaps on” the first stage for the wall preparation as…

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Building a rental home on the coast of Ecuador! Week 10

In case you missed it, here is work week #9 WEEK #10 June 03-07, 2013 Week #9 on building a rental home on the coast of Ecuador seen the walls starting to come up and the electrician and plumber were around to do some rough utility work. You also read how a special material was rolled onto the concrete roof to form a sealant for waterproofing. This week the further progress is being made on the roughing in of the electrical and plumbing. The masonry workers were also back to close…

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Building a rental home on the coast of Ecuador! Week 9

In case you missed it, here is work week #8 WEEK #9 MAY 27-31, 2013 In week #8 the bricklayers were just starting to lay some of the bricks for the walls. This week we are going to see further progress on the bricks for the walls and some rough plumbing and electrical work done. The work week begins with some bricks being put up and a dull colored coating being put on the roof. The mixture brushed on consists of a special water proof sealant that prevents cracking and seals…

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Building a rental home on the coast of Ecuador! Week 8

In case you missed it, here is work week #7. Week #8 May 20-24, 2013 In week #7 the workers were applying another thin layer of concrete on the roof to build up and put a slight slope on the roof so the water would drain to the center drains. They also started building architectural design for the roof line. This week you will see the start of the walls coming up brick by brick. The mortar for the bricks is mixed on the ground and put into the wooden…

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Building a rental home on the coast of Ecuador! Week 7

Work week May 13-17th, 2013 If you missed Building a rental home on the coast of Ecuador Week #6, you can see it here. In week 6 you had seen the workers pour the cement roof on the rental home. On Monday May 13th the crew of 20 men was scaled back to 3 people. Their task this week was to begin finishing off the “rough” concrete roof and make it smoother and to slope it for drainage. The “maestro” (the equivalent of a trades person) and his helpers begin…

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Puerto Cayo, Ecuador

For those that do not know, Puerto Cayo, Ecuador is a quiet little fishing village around 50 minutes south of the city of Manta on the coast of Ecuador. What is the big deal about Puerto Cayo you might wonder? Well, the big deal lately is House Hunters International has done episodes there exposing the previously undiscovered village of between 4,000 and 5,000 people.  What did they talk about? What did they show you? It’s a good thing you landed on this blog. If you are interested in Puerto Cayo,…

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Building a rental home on the coast of Ecuador! Week 6

May 6th 2013 WEEK #6 If you missed WEEK # 5, you can get it here. Week #5 the workers completed putting up the bamboo poles that will support the wooden frame cast. The concrete will then be poured into this cast that will be the cement roof. First, the workers build the cast, and then the rebar will be cut and tied into place for strength and support. After the wooden roof cast was put in place, the workers started to tie in the rebar for the roof. You…

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