We’re doing it again! We are building a casita (small house) on the property. We have discussed having a ‘mother-in-law’ suite over the years and in January, after about 3 months of planning, quotes, Internet searches and soul searching (do we want to do it again?), we decided to pull the trigger and build a casita.
Our house was in various stages of construction and then limbo for nearly 10 years when we put in our offer in 2006. The mortgage process took nearly a year (wood structure, self employed, language barrier etc.) and then roughing-in the plumbing/electrical and getting the utilities took another 6 months. In total, it took us 18 months from the day we had (some) cash in hand to buy this place until we were sleeping under fans and taking hot showers.
We decided to put the casita down the hill on the other side of the property. Putting it close to the stream, jungle and on the largest open space on the property seemed like the best way to distance the casita from our house and provide whomever is staying there a peaceful, tranquil environment to chill out.
Generally, we are going to match the feel of our main house with the casita but keep it much more simple. Tall ceilings, big open space (to scale) and an indoor/outdoor feeling in the main living space.
I will do my best to start adding regular updates to the CA2PR blog to keep everyone who used to follow our progress on our casa so you all can start following our progress on the casita.