I have been trying to get a post out for a few days but I just can’t find the time. I do have quite a bit I want to mention but most will have to wait, 5:45am will be here soon.
It has been a little over two weeks since the last post. Last week I felt that we kind of grinded to a halt. John had moved part of his crew to another job and it just didn’t feel like anything was moving forward. It was frustrating, but only for a few days. This week things started picking back up with a full crew on site. So back to nearly being positive.
The roofers FINALLY finished putting the cypress and plywood on the master section of the house which is about 750-800 sq ft of roof. It took them 6 days to put up the cypress and 5 days to put on the plywood. And there was up to 5 of them working on it at one time. Luckily I am not paying them by the hour (well, I guess indirectly I am). The roof coating started to go on today, which is 4 coats, so who knows how long that will take. First the seams are patched, then a primer coat is applied, then a “grey” coat, then two final coats of white elastomeric. We looked into doing the roof in many different ways, but in the end cost was the driving factor. Quite a few people told us to avoid the standing-seam metal roofs being that close to the water. That was ruled out early. We then wanted to add a thermal membrane to keep the heat out, but the $10K estimate to just add the purlins needed to create the space put us off of that. We then looked into ceramic coatings, but my research seemed to suggest that their wasn’t much to their superior heat blocking claims.
We also spent more time sanding and staining cypress. Twice we were told we needed this many more boards to finish, and after completing the first batch were subsequently told they would need even more to finish. I definitely was not happy with the amount of wasted material from the roof.
We poured the pool over the past few weeks. That became a bit of a stressful situation due to Emily insisting that we have a swim-jet in the pool. We were put in a situation of trying to find a vendor that would ship part of a system USPS priority mail and part of it freight. What we needed immediately were the jets that get poured into the wall. After quickly ruling out several swim-jet makers (Endless Pools was one) due to price, we settled on tracking down the BaduStream II double jet system. This wasn’t as easy as it sounds and it was even harder to find somebody that would deal with our shipping requests. In the end we found a company out of California, that had a warehouse in Florida, that would do what we needed, AND they price-matched a competitor that wouldn’t do the shipping. The guy was awesome (www.eOutdoorSports.com). They shipped on Thursday with the hope of them arriving Monday. No package Monday. No package Tuesday. The jets arrived at lunchtime Wednesday, about an hour before the pool was scheduled to be poured. John and Louis spent the next 90 minutes getting everything just right while I was running around town looking for 4-inch pvc elbows.
Why did we even go through the hassle of adding a swim-jet you might ask? Well, one reason is our pool is really small, 10×20. This will give Emily the ability to train for the swimming part of a triathlon. The second reason is simple, Emily usually gets what she wants. 😉 On to the photos.
We have been following your blog for awhile now and we have a few questions, if you wouldn’t mind sharing your opinions we would greatly appreciate it. We just purchased a piece of land in Bugby Hole St. Croix. We were interested in knowing more information on architects, contracters, and builders if you could just maybe give us a few options on each it would be so helpful to us and greatly appreciated.
Hi Dan and Renee, thanks for following along. I will try to go into detail in a future post on architects and builders, but we would definitely recommend our architect. We may do things slightly different doing it again, but we would use them. We only spoke with three architects and I believe we chose Hera Psaros based on her personality and our quick friendship with her and her architect husband Eduardo. We talked to countless builders and got “quotes/bids” from 5-6. Every single one of them was over our budget. The Pro Shop was way over our budget but said they would work with us to get our costs down by doing some value-engineering. Let’s wait until the end of the project before I give the thumbs up or thumbs down on them. Another builder that we would have been happy to work with is Dick Ridgeway. We spoke to him early on in the process, but his schedule was booked at the time. Had I known that we wouldn’t have begun building for a year after those conversations we may have had a different builder, but who knows.
Looks like great progress to me, esp. by island standards! It’s a small world (island)….I see that Emily is on the board of the St. Croix Animal Welfare Center with Meredith Emmons, the president of our HOA at Villa Madeleine. Meredith is such fun and has been a great resource to us as we’ve settled into our place at VM. We’ll be on island 4/23-5/7 and would love to see your work in progess. Let us know! Thanks!
Mike and Laura
Hi, Can you help me with roofing questions. We are looking at the Galvalume roof with the standing crimp seam. We are about 1 1/2 miles off the ocean so hopefully the salt air will not be a concern. We are looking for a roofers who is experienced with the type of roof.Do you have any sugestions?
I would recommend talking to Rooftops. They have a storefront near Basin Triangle.