As we start counting down to the new year here are the latest updates:
We have ordered 4 “round” two bedroom Deltec houses. These will replace Hibiscus, Alamanda, Jasmine and Mango. Yes, Mango is going ROUND! It will be a change, but we are excited for it. Designs for Plum and Lime are still up in the air, but we figured best to get at least a few houses on order. The new homes should arrive by April so the next few months will be focused on tearing down what is left of those four houses and building new concrete foundations to replace the old wooden ones. We are hopeful to have these four complete and ready to go for Christmas 2018. We can’t accept bookings for them until we are CERTAIN they will be ready… but we can hope. Watch this space!
We have also ordered Cashew’s replacement and are happy to report that its design will be almost identical to what it was… a “double pod” one bedroom…. only with a much nicer, updated bathroom.
In addition to all of that (if we weren’t busy enough) we are currently designing our three bedroom house, Flamboyant. It was one of the original Guavaberry houses built in the 60’s. Back then it was sold to the Queern family and Guavaberry repurchased it over 10 years ago. It was remodeled to what it was pre-Irma, but of course our “little friend” decided it was time for a redo! After much thought…. fix ‘er up or tear ‘er down… we’ve decided best to tear ‘er down! So we are going totally fresh with that one. Design scheme to be shared later… but it will be different. Don’t worry though, it will be awesome! Going through the layout we are taking into much consideration the Flamboyant “regulars” and making sure the layout will work for everyone, including our youngest Flamboyant regular…. 1 year old baby Sam 🙂
Work has begun also on Frangipani and Cedar, at least on the roofs. Next will be interiors as those need to be fully redone. At least we know exactly what we need to do inside since all of the one bedrooms were recently remodeled. Its now just a matter of sourcing materials for those.
Banyan is just about “ready to go”. Our lovely ladies did a beautiful job painting the inside! Needs a little paint on the outside (we draw the line at putting our ladies up on scaffolding!) and then we just need to wait for electricity to be restored to our property before opening that one up. So stay tuned!
Electricity has been restored to Whale Bay, so Casita is 100% operational! Space is available in January and February if anyone is interested!
Now, you might wonder if electricity has made it’s way PAST Guavaberry, why don’t we have it yet? Well, we need something called a three phase transformer which requires a bit more work than other locations so we just have to be patient.
Patience is definitely something we have gained more and more each day lately. Now don’t get us wrong… living on Virgin Gorda takes patience on the best of days so we already had plenty of it… but post Irma, patience has become essential! Just when you think you are making great strides forward in the planning and fixing, you find that the materials you need aren’t available, or having all these extra holidays sure does delay work! One day at a time… that’s all we can do.
Guavababy has yet to make his/her debut… but again that’s where patience comes back into play right? They say there is just over a week to go, but stubbornness runs in the Goschler family, so we will see! Given the timeline, please excuse us if there isn’t a blog post either next week or the week after.
So, to summarize… here are our “New Years Resolutions”:
- build 4 two bedroom houses
- get power to Banyan… perhaps by mid winter??
- complete some one bedroom houses ready for rental! (perhaps by spring?)
- rebuild Cashew!
- design and order Flamboyant
- stay patient… one day at a time!
HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ONE AND ALL!
(Here’s the latest tree picture for everyone!)