Buying a “fixer upper” in Nicaragua has presented it’s fair share of challenges. Deciding what should be done first, locating material and hiring competent help has been interesting. We are always in the middle of several projects at the same time and sometimes it can get very frustrating. In the beginning Mike tended to start projects that we had the materials on hand and stop once we needed to purchase more leaving a lot of things unfinished for months at a time. It has gotten better now that we have pretty much run out of materials and everything has to be purchased. We had no ceilings in the house for the first two years because we knew we needed to rewire the house before we could put up ceilings.
We now have cane ceilings downstairs which I love and will soon have them upstairs as well. The wiring was the big project and Mike decided to do it all himself after seeing what passes for acceptable wiring down here. We had security doors and windows installed downstairs and getting used to the welder’s work ethic took some patience. He would tell us he would tell us he would be here first thing in the morning and then show up at 2 pm the next day. A project that should have taken about a week took over a month and the welder saw no problem with this. The kitchen was pretty disgusting when we bought the house
, peeling paint, missing cabinets and a window with a missing pane nailed shut.
At first I liked the countertops, stones in concrete, but I soon realized I didn’t have 1 flat surface in the entire kitchen and with all the crevices the counters are hard to clean. We decided to add some new concrete counters
and replace the existing ones with concrete also. I plan to keep the stone backsplash and add one to the new counter as well. I was so excited to get the top finished and installed in the kitchen, the only thing left was to seal it. We bought the sealer and were about to apply it only to read that we have to wait 28 days before we can apply it so I still have to wait almost a month before I can use the counter.
We have also started working on the front of the house. This house had absolutely no “curb appeal”. The yard is horrible, random plants with no rhyme or reason with a few patches of grass. The house
itself looks like someone was actually trying to win an ugly house award, it would be hard to make a house this ugly without trying. The first thing we have started is installing an awning along the front of the house.
. After that I want to put some shutters on the upstairs windows and some window boxes on the downstairs windows. If anyone has any suggestions (other than changing the roof, too expensive) I am open to any ideas.