It’s that time again, another year has slipped by and it’s time to wish everyone a Happy New Year From Mexico. It seems like the years are “slipping by” faster and faster, even though we did get that extra day in February.
This past Sunday we were Eating Fish In Mexico as a way to relax before a lot of travel that starts on Thanksgiving day and continues thru December 13th. We have this one restaurant right in front of the ocean that we like to visit often. The trip there is interesting as well. You go a few miles down an unpaved, bumpy road and along the way you stop to see………..well in a minute I’ll show you what we stop to see.
You actually go into the kitchen, pick your fish and they sell it by the kilo and cook it to order.
Of course the ocean is the reason to drive 5 miles from the house. The tables are sitting in the sand. The view is of our Puerto Vallarta.
Looking in the other direction is just as nice. We are actually about two miles from the airport so we watch as vacations end and planes full of people start to return to their world.
You can get beer, soda and of course fresh coconuts to enjoy with your meal.
Oh ya, before I forget, as if I could, I want to share a couple of pictures of a spot we stop at on the way to the restaurant.
Building a House in Mexico Continues with a couple of very important steps that you must take before you can actually start building. Once you have decided to build and have the property, all these steps seem to take forever, but you will be happy you did them later on as the project continues.
Mexico might not be up to date with other countries on a lot of things but they are good in many of them. One example is how the edge of a road or highway is not where the government property actually ends.
In Wisconsin, there are 12 feet on both sides of the road where our house is. Of course, I and my neighbors all have planted lawns on about 10 of those feet making our property look much larger than it is. The county likes it because we are maintaining their property at no cost to them.
The same laws apply in Mexico. Which means that before you build, you have the land surveyed and find out just where your property line is. We have been waiting for the survey guy to show up and do his thing. But this week he met us there and marked off all the property lines. The great news is our fence is between six inches and a foot inside our property line. No adjustments needed.
Next our architect showed up with a “New and improved” set of plans. That is one thing you learn fast. The architect wants to keep charging so he keeps changing and he drives both your builder and yourself nuts. So you must make up your mind. Let him hang around and cost extra money or let him go and turn it over to the builder. We are letting our architect go. Our building budget does not have a place for him.
Next. we have hired a young man to clean our property. He is married with two children and unemployed at the moment. We could hire a big machine to come in and clean the property in two days, but time is not the consideration here. We will be in Wisconsin for the first two weeks of November so he can clean it while we are gone. Oh, he is family and living with my brother-in-law at the moment, so it’s money well spent.
The other reason for cleaning it this way is because the corn and the cactus needs to be harvested first. This will not take but a couple of days because it is harvest time. I have no desire to harvest the cactus so it is nice that there is family that will handle that step for us.
Building a house in Mexico part 2 is basic background work but it must be done before we can start to dig the foundation of the house so we thought we would share it with you.
But before we leave we would like to invite you to join our family of friends and watch as we build a house here in Mexico, using limited funds. My wife and I moved to Mexico after retirement and share our adventures and challenges on this website. We also share recipes from both of our blogs. The sign up form is at the top right of this article….We look forward to seeing you among our family of friends.
This article will be the first about Building a house in Mexico, on our farm. I will share some of the fun of building here in Mexico and some of the steps and challenges we face. First a little about the farm. It butts up against a river on one side and the country road on the other with other farms to the right and left of it. My wife bought it about 20 plus years ago, and has split it into 3 sections, giving one section to each of two brothers and keeping the middle section for us. Now that we are retired and living here in Mexico, we are going to build a small house and raise our produce and keep our chickens, dogs and cats where they have room to roam.