At long last… The final updates on Jackie’s house. When we last posted pictures of the progress on Jackie’s house four months ago I promised to publish another post with pictures of the finished house. After about a month readers started asking about Jackie’s house requesting more pictures to show the progress. I was making regular trips out to the house and planned to do updates a few times, but Jackie (the proud owner) would say things like, “Don’t post more pictures until after the bamboo is completed” or, “Don’t post more pictures until after…” something else.
So, we waited as projects moved along. But, now that the house is completed (except for the 1,000 square foot separate apartment downstairs), I have so many pictures that we can not possibly just do one post.
What we plan to do is publish this post today with shots showing the construction techniques and some of the final product. Then we will do another post with pictures of the beautiful finished home with Jackie’s unique eclectic Polynesian influenced decorating and furnishings. Lastly, we plan to publish photos of the grand fiesta/house warming/worker’s appreciation dinner that Jackie hosted last night.
The following pictures are pretty much chronological showing progress on the painting, interior finishing, windows and screens.
Jackie chose to go with bold “Ecuatoriano Style” colors and the painting began. For a long time I could not understand why the workmen only painted the top portion of the wall on the front porch, but that will become apparent in a few short weeks worth of pictures.
The entire deck area and all of the interior floors and bathrooms had tile installed. My friends, the workmen put in long hours on their hands and knees on those projects, but still greeted me with broad smiles each time I showed up.
There had been a problem with the initial installation of the roof and it had to be redone to allow for proper ventilation and to seal off the area so that bats could not enter. Also the fixtures where ceiling fans were to be hung had to be reinforced with metal beams to support that weight.
Jackie wanted to have jalousie windows with screens and everyone told her they were not available in Ecuador, so – undaunted, Jackie had them made and her workmen constructed screens trimmed out in lime green!
The light fixtures and ceiling fans (indeed all of the interior fixtures and decorating) are uniquely “Jackie” consisting of items she collected or had made in Samoa, Tonga, and Hawaii.
Aha! Now we see why only the top portion of the wall on the deck was painted!
There is a full sized kitchen with a nice island workspace.
Still there is more work to do with bamboo on the front deck and the deck off of the guest bedroom. The material was prepped downstairs and then installed.
A bamboo hand railing was installed, screen doors were hung and the porch was screened in.
Jackie purchased some special “marine grade” screen material that should hold up better against the weather and created a living space on the deck that should remain pleasant even during the rainy season when mosquitoes are prevalent. Also, did anyone notice the cat door? No cat yet, but when Jackie finds one, he or she will have access to this beautiful deck!
As Jackie and her workers prepared for the grand fiesta, the workmen also worked this last week to get all of the exterior walls in place for the separate apartment on the ground level.
Whew! There you have it. In the next few days we will post pictures of the decorated and finished interior and also pictures from the worker’s family celebration and fiesta!
Life is good in Ecuador.