Time for a new life and house update, click here if you would like to see the Guatemala archives.
It has been another busy month around here, as I had to get back to real life after my brother visited for a full month and BF and I broke up. I came back home from the city after dropping my brother at the airport, not feeling like doing much, and thankfully, while I was away, the guys worked hard on the house, and while they had packed their tools and left, I came back to half a dozen guests to keep me company.
At home, the new room is fully finished, and I love it.
That is it, seen from the area the Airbnb guests actually stay in. So we each have our space.
The room is a bit smaller than the other one, but nice and cosy, with a comfy queen size bed and storage all around. Note how the stones are sealed around so no nasty insect comes in at night.
The view from the bed makes you feels like you are on a cruise
And then you go out to a terrace with seating area and hammock (comfy pillows will come soon!).
On top, you have a bar area where instead of going for wooden doors we went for steel, so we can lock them and keep the liquor outside when we go away.
The stools are wooden though.
And it has a great view over the lake as well. We will put a toaster oven and cooking hobs so we can have dinner there if guests are having dinner on the other terrace.
That means the workers are finally OUT of the house, yay for peaceful mornings! I am only keeping one handyman who mostly works on the land development keeping it neat and clean, and comes over once a week to garden, and his sister comes to clean when there are Airbnb guests. Otherwise I just clean myself, which I prefer over having someone in my house.
The animals are now living downstairs by the lake, they didn’t do too good while we were away for a month, the big turkey died probably of old age, and his lady only managed to keep alive one heir that I think is female, so Christmas may mark the end of the turkeys for us. The hens have had a hard time breeding as well, looks like a kind of rackoon eats the chicks when they are a couple of weeks old. It has been frustrating.
Thankfully, Little Great Dane Napoleon is still the cutest dog in Central America (don’t blame me for being a proud momma!) and he is growing at light speed:
He is a very spoiled and delicate only child, who now needs a pillow to sleep in the car! He wouldn’t leave that blue pillow, or otherwise sleep on my lap as I was driving, and I had to chase him back to his seat (the back seat was full with a book donation I received so he couldn’t ride in the back). If BF’s saying that the finer a dog his, the purest his breed, then Napoleon is true blue blood! At home he won’t sleep on the floor if there is a mattress or a pillow nearby. BF’s house is carpeted in Guatemala City, and we always find him on the rug that is on top of the carpet, like the carpet is not soft enough… But he is also a real trooper when I take him for long walks or when he has to ride in the car for 8 hours when we go back home.
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How To Save Your Money says
You’re house looks amazing!! The bedroom looks really cozy and the view is to-die for!
Thank you! It is pretty nice, if you don’t mind the heat sometimes
Jayson @ Monster Piggy Bank says
I am amazed how you decorated and conceptualized your house. It especially the bedroom looks so cozy yet simple. The view is priceless! You don’t have to go anywhere, it’s just right there! 😀
yep, holidays right out of the doorstep!
Brian @ Luke1428 says
Love the view of the lake…that’s worth it right there! That was one of my favorite things about several of the places we stayed in Hawaii – waking up to a view of the water.
Yes that is pretty awesome!
Ciel Belle says
Beautiful house! I love your view
Tonya@Budget and the Beach says
Looks amazing Pauline! So are you going to be selling this house or are you going to keep staying there. I wasn’t quite sure based on your last post. The puppy is so cute! They get HUGE!
The house is on the market, so let’s see if it sells. In the meanwhile, I plan on building another house on the other plot of lakeside land that is right in front of the 90 acres development. That is a bigger plot where 6 houses would fit so maybe other people buy and I have neighbors, like a private little residence. But for now, I am staying in the house.
D like to know how you got all the decoration ideas?
I really like it cause they are simple, really effective, using raw material and the result is just gorgeous
Thanks! It was mostly because in the middle of nowhere, you either have to use what is around (stone, wood..) or cheap crap made in China from the dollar store. It also helps that most of the house is outside so you can grow plants as a simple decoration.
Your update on Napoleon is having me wanting to get a dog again. I have not done so before as I think he would be a bit lonely with me gone most day. The new room looks great. I love the outdoor space. It makes it a full self contained unit with great views.
Just don’t get a Great Dane. Some races are fine being left at home most of the day, you need to check which one is best for your situation.
Shannon @ The Heavy Purse says
I love the views, Pauline. Just gorgeous. I don’t know if I would get any work done. I’d just sit and stare. 🙂 I’m sure you’re guests are loving staying with you!
Yes they are, only a few complain that it is a bit more remote than they’d imagined, but my location map is exact so I don’t feel like I am wronging them, I just updated the ad saying it is “peaceful and quiet” 🙂
Thank-you for sharing your house with us. It is beautiful and I really like the view. So sorry to hear that you broke up with your other half.
Thank you Linda.
Autumn @ The Barefoot Budgeter says
The house is looking great! And what a cute dog. I’m a big fan of great danes – I’ve never met one I didn’t like.
House looks great! Glad you are able to get some peace and quiet. Your dog is HUGE(of course I say this as someone with a tiny dog).
Yes he certainly is! Still about a foot to go, I am starting to wonder how he will fit in the car..
Sarah De Diego says
I can’t find a date on your post or the comments and wanted to know if you are still in Guatemala?
We spend 4 months a year (soon to be 6 months) in San Cristobal de las Casas which isn’t too far from Guatemala. Our house has been under renovations since 2006, hoping to work on it this year now that we’ll be officially retired.
Looking forward to connecting.
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