As the buildings are springing up on our new property, many of the details for other buildings and for certain systems are still being decided upon.
Some interesting and unexpected questions have come up. For instance, today we discussed whether or not we will be putting screens in the windows. The windows will certainly be open much of the time, so normally you would expect window screens to be a given. However, our current rental house has no screens, and we haven't found that to be a particular problem. Of course, we have the occasional large bug or bat flying in the window, and once in a while a bird, but we haven't had a problem with large numbers of gnats, flies, mosquitoes, etc. Now ants, they are everywhere, but I've not found that screens keep them out anyway.
Right now, Kirstin and Allen are working on planning the water systems. We will be piping in water from a not-so-nearby river. There is a significant part of the year where we can expect to get no rain at all here in Lempira. Because of this, we hope to make use of our waste water, for watering plants. So, the garden plans are wrapped up with the plumbing plans.
We are building thick brick walls, which will be finished to look like adobe, as these should be more durable and secure than adobe, and can be expected to be cooler than poured cement or block walls. This week, the design of the doors and windows will be determined, and a local carpenter will begin construction of these.
Of course, all of our plans have to take security into account. Bars on the windows are a must. Will a balcony or porch in a certain location endanger our security? How will the dogs be contained, and what parts of the property will they roam, for our protection?
We also have to plan and install the water and electricity lines over several miles, to get them to the property.
Can you tell we're busy these days? But we're very excited to be seeing so much progress on the construction.