We have published several posts about a house that is being built in San Clemente by our friend Jackie. That house is being made using concrete and brick and should be done in a couple more months. The final installment in the, “Jackie’s House” series will be coming soon.
Many of our readers have expressed a great deal of interest in house building here in San Clemente, Ecuador, so we have determined to follow the construction of another friend’s home. Larry and Bethany moved here from Texas about the same time that we did and bought a building lot near the ocean next to the Norte fishing enclave. It is a perfect site in my opinion as it is just one lot back from the ocean with plenty of ocean breezes and views and is in a little community of close neighbors and wholesome activity.
The lot was bordered by an old fence and wall and needed a lot of fill and compaction to prepare it and level it prior to the start of construction. I took the following pictures after a great deal of work had already been done to prepare the lot. The workers are making a new improved wall and have already poured the footers and some of the floor.
Larry and Bethany lived here for many months before deciding on where and how to build their home and worked with a number of planners and experts to design their home. They determined to use insulated panels similar to those used by Volkhard in his, “Casa Ola” that we showed you last week.
I think the company that Bethany and Larry contracted with is from Guayaquil and the workers are living temporarily in San Clemente during the construction.
Once the floor was poured the panels were delivered and construction began in earnest.
Just two days after these walls were finished, the workers had erected steel beams and were welding beams across to support the second floor.
I will be riding by the house as construction continues so that you all can see the finished home.
Kitty-cornered from Bethany and Larry’s house another “gringo” that no one seems to know is building another home. I have stopped and asked the workers often who the owner of this home is, but they only know the person as some Aleman (German) who has not moved to San Clemente yet. This small home was made from pre-fabricated panels about four feet by four feet in size and the actual framing of the entire house took less than two days.
Unlike the insulated panels used in Larry and Bethany’s house, these panels were light weight cinder like material only about an inch and a half thick. Once they were in place the roof was erected and then something new to San Clemente – tile roof material was used to cover the roof.
It looks like a well made little house, but might be a bit lacking in sound and heat insulation with the thin walls.
Just for fun here are a couple of pictures of the “Aleman’s” house.
The workmen on this house told me that it should be done in two weeks and the mysterious Aleman would be moving in then.
Things are happening in San Clemente and…
Life is good in Ecuador.