The Overall Plan
The current scenario has me leaving for Belize for two weeks October 11th. At this time, I will be meeting with my builder, setting up a bank account, looking at construction materials, applying for QRP (Qualified Retirement Plan), and getting the lay of the land. Lots of things to do.
Then at the end of the year, I will be driving to Belize with daughter Elena. She’s virtually fluent in Spanish so she will be a big help driving through Mexico. I will have a travel trailer in tow which will become home for me while an actual, livable house is being built. Elena will then fly to Boston for her second semester as a Sophomore at Suffolk College. Leslie will stay at home for the foreseeable future earning some money and taking care of her mother who is now living with us. It’s going to take considerable time to get a proper homestead established in Belize. Like years. A major problem is money as the current stock market crash has wiped out a large portion of our savings.
As I plan on being completely off-grid, infrastructure needs to be put in place. Energy needs will come from solar and wind. That’s going to be a huge investment and project. Water won’t be much of a problem. Gas for cooking will be butane from a tank.
Although by no means final plans, the architect I hired came up with a renovation plan for the original structure and suggested a separate building on the bluff for guest quarters. A swimming pool would also be added along with terracing and a large palapa (thatched-roofed structure).
The floor of the first story (second floor in our vernacular) would be partially removed to create an open, vaulted great room below. The first story would be bedroom, bath and office.