Hello again from sunny San Pedro, Belize! Another quick update on our small boutique hotel project here on Ambergris Caye. It’s been busy here and things are coming together. It’s looking like an opening in mid-March may be in order, however it may be a “soft” opening to get us off on the right foot. Also keep in mind, we said mid-January in the last blog so be reminded that, Finishing is the Hardest Part!
When we left off, we were getting the pool ready for the finish coat of Diamond-Brite. Here is the process after the pool shell is completed. First the tile is set which is a painstaking process, then the structure is cleaned thoroughly. When it’s ready, all hands are on deck. When the Diamond-Brite starts, it has to be completed by the end of the day. We had a rather large “whoops” but, on our 2nd attempt, the guys nailed it. The whoops was making a bet with Mother Nature on the weather and she won! – but enough of that!!!
Suffice it to say, the pool is filled now and the chemicals are in balance! We’re all set to sit back, relax and enjoy! Well NOT QUITE!!
The cabinet work has been under way now for about 6 weeks. Keep in mind that all the cabinet work is done from raw mahogany and made to fit on the job-site. Each frame, door, and drawer starts out being a 1 x 6 x 10 and after going through the planer, the table saw, the joiner and router, it turns into cabinet frames, drawers and doors! I don’t think there are many who would have the appreciation for what goes into each and every closet, kitchen and vanity in this project – but the work is immense.
It’s gratifying to see the progress when we leave every night – but the going is slow and can’t be hurried. At this time, all the cabinets for the 6 suites are complete and installed. The finishing crew comes in after this is done and begins the task of finish-sanding and sealing the cabinets in-place. Two of the units are completed and the other 4 should be done in the next 2 weeks.
The air-conditioning dilemma has been solved and the AC units are all installed and ready for testing. 17 units in all!!! This is such a relief!
Finally, the painting has started! The exterior has been primed and first coated. It won’t be long before the exterior is done and the interior starts!! Now that we have some color, we’re getting a lot of comments from passers-by – and people seem to really like the colors we picked!
We have a lot to finish before we can open. We still have cabinets in the last rental (ours), all the plumbing and electrical finish such as installing shower-heads, sink faucets, commodes, etc. Then installing light fixtures, switches and outlets along with cable TV and internet. Oh yea, and then the delivery of furniture like couches, lamps, beds, TV’s and appliances can start!
Wish us luck on bringing this project home! Please stay tuned for more on when we will be open for business! Thanks for following our progress and please don’t hesitate to comment, like or share our page!