Aug 20, 2010, 9:56 AM
Post #6 of 7
Thanks for your perspective.....and I agree that sometimes the lowest price is not always the best option. My builder/developer is Frank Meyer who has lived in Bucerias for about 20 years. He has a couple of businesses that include property management, land development and construction. Los Mangos is the development just outside of town where I will be building my house. Frank and his crew have built most of the homes there. If you Google Los Mangos you'll find his website. I spent time with him last March, walked through three of his homes under construction and was not only impressed with the quality of his work but also with his values as a human being.
I have been in construction for about 12 years here in Seattle and have pretty high standards and it was fun talking with him about how he thinks about construction and quality there. He and his wife also own a private school in Bucerias, she runs the school and he builds her the classrooms and admin buildings. They believe that one way of helping Mexico be a better place is through educating the children, I like that way of thinking.
I don't want to have to wade through the processes for building in Mexico and will not even be there much of the time that the house is being built. I need to be able to trust my builder to do what he says he will do, listen to my questions and needs and follow through with the quality that I expect. This is my retirement home for the long term and I want easy care, usable spaces and gardens that I can putter in.
The home I built in Seattle is some 3,300 sq. ft., large gardens and lots of upkeep. It's a great place and I've done most of the finish work on it myself. Time to pare down, live in a warmer climate and learn to relax a bit more.
By the way, love the bathroom.....looks much like the one I've designed for my new home!!