Archive for October, 2011

Marbello Project: October 2011

We are back on track after suffering from a six day power outage  along with shorter ones, severe rains and equipment failures.

We have been working on shelving for three large closets, the kitchen cabinets, generator house and captain’s beds.

The pictures illustrate the progress we have made on these projects. The generator house is almost done. I’m proud that we have managed to use almost every piece of aluminum that we cut out of the containers. I have been trying to reach the zero waste mark for the project. The double roof of the generator house is made from the walls of the containers that we cut out.

The captain’s beds are done. One of the closets is finished and the other two are under construction. I will need some more wood to complete the project.

One side of the kitchen is almost completed. The wood cabinets are in and the kitchen counter has been poured. We will be using a stain and finishing coat once the concrete has cured. We should be done with the other half in the next two weeks or so. It’s a matter of keeping the quality up and getting the wood as dry as possible before using it.

The water catchment system has been designed. We have started to run the pipes from the terrace and stairwell drains to the location that we will install the tanks in. We are using a 1500 liter and a 2500 liter tank. If we conserve water we will have storage for 90 days.

We have installed three more solar assisted air conditioners in the three bedrooms that didn’t have one. These units are much more efficient than traditional air conditioners.

I am pleased to report that even after eleven days of continuous rain our solar water heater was able to put out warm water. I was both thrilled and surprised. Now that the sun is out the water is back to super hot.

If the weather holds up and the power stays on our progress will greatly improve.

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