On The Sea of Cortez

ON THE SEA OF CORTEZ
Copyright  2008 by Lynn Pomeroy
All rights reserved

Library of Congress Control Number: 2008907879
ISBN  0-9820939-0-X

TABLE OF CONTENTS

PREFACE 1

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS 3

INTRODUCTION 5

The 1960s and Puerto Penasco
The 1970s and Mulege
The 1980s and Las Cruces

CHAPTER 1: LAND OWNERSHIP IN MEXICO 15

The Land
Land Ownership in Mexico

CHAPTER 2: HOUSE DESIGN 23

Contextual Design
Great Architecture
Design of La Querencia
Selecting the Architect/Contractor and Landscape Architect
The Name "La Querencia"
Modeling the House
Construction Drawings, Contract and Lot Split

CHAPTER 3: THINGS TO KNOW 45

Cultural Differences
Construction Disparities
Construction Contracts and Workers Compensation
Importing and Shipping Products and Materials
Visas and Residency Status
Customs and Duty
Bank Accounts and Wiring Funds
Employer Responsibilities
Property Taxes
Importing Vehicles
Insurance

CHAPTER 4: GUADALAJARA, GRADING AND COSTS 61

Guadalajara, Tlaquepaque and Tonala'
Site Grading
Labor Costs in Mexico
Shopping with Hector
Project Costs

CHAPTER 5: CONCRETE FOUNDATIONS 75

Steel and Concrete
Moving the Fireplace
Labor Holiday
Adjusting the Utility Poles

CHAPTER 6: CONCRETE SUPERSTRUCTURE 89

Revising the Schedule
Accent Tile Design
Return to Guadalajara
Floor Tile
Wall Tile
Furniture
Opening the Views
Appliances
A New Boat
Changes
Taking Shape
Plumbing and Grading Problems

CHAPTER 7: FINISHES, FIXTURES AND FURNITURE 113

Ignoring the drawings
North American Fishermen
The City of La Paz
Our Stay at Casa Niki
Imbroglio
Frankel Furniture
Progress
Disappointment

CHAPTER 8: TIME AND MATERIAL DELAYS 135

More Errors
Tile and Furniture in Guadalajara
Las Cruces Date Palms
Schedule Slippage
Coordinating and Shipping Appliances and Fixtures
Outfitting the Boat
Moving Along
It Just Happens
Setting the Standard
Offshore Boat Delivery
Increasing Site Visits
"We End Up at the Same Place"
Exploring Opportunities
The Sea of Cortez and the Midriff Islands
Building without Drawings
Frustration Sets In
Tile Problems
Alone with Gustavo
Our Friends at El Angel Azul
Work Behind the Scenes
"Free Trade'
Trip Number Twenty-Nine

CHAPTER 9: DRIVING THE BOAT TO ENSENADA 191

A Rough Ride
Trip Number Thirty
Airline Fiasco

CHAPTER 10: LA PAZ POLICE ENCOUNTER 199

Shakedown
More Progress
Less Progress

CHAPTER 11: THE 1,000 TO LA PAZ 211

Ensenada to San Quintin
Calavina and Guerrero Negro
San Ignacio and Santa Rosalia
Mulege to La Paz

CHAPTER 12: FINISH WORK AND QUALITY ISSUES 227

Even the Boat Creates Problems
Tools and Housewares
Friends from San Felipe
The Walk to Madero
Gustavo and Fede Travel North
Trip Number Thirty-Four
Counter top Detail
Shari's Story
Adding Color
Counter Top Alternatives
The Last Shipment
Labor and Quality Issues
Iguanacide!
Alejandro and the Field of Stones
The Tile Saga Continues
Adolpho!
Taking Care of Details
Trip Number Thirty-Six
"This is a Mexican House"
The Remote Controls

CHAPTER 13: THE DEATH OF OUR MOTHER 271

Trip Number Thirty-Seven
Moments by La Paz Bay

CHAPTER 14: MOVING IN 281

Promises, Promises
Occupancy!
Will It Ever Be "Finished"

CHAPTER 15: HURRICANE JOHN 293

Assessing the Damage
A House in Shambles
Carlos and the $400
Touching Up

CHAPTER 16: DO IT YOURSELF 313

The Bright Side
Installing the Missing Pieces
The Wedding Party

PHOTOS 329

BIBLIOGRAPHY 339

PLANT ILLUSTRATIONS 340