Since we have started the construction in January of 2013, we heard too often the phrase, “remember, you are in Ecuador”. We looked over so many of the ‘little’ problems that could be fixed so easy (but never were). Until recently, that is. Our house, as stated before, is Mobusa construction. Our home was completed in October of 2013 – that is to say, we moved in at the end of October. As the days passed, we noticed several things that could have been done better to allow the house to be more to the standards that were discussed prior to beginning construction. Some things are better than we expected – septic is a North American style and our cistern is really large. The design on the house far exceeded our expectations – our builder (individual – not a Mobusa employee or representative) presented some unique design concepts that were outside of our design box. The concepts moved our house from being a tentative rectangle to what we have termed as our ‘castle’.
In Ecuador, though, apparently there is not an official walk-through with a punch list of items that must be completed, so we struggled with little things like toilets not working properly, water drains from the washer and master bathroom sink not being connected to the septic. The builder provided a gray water line that would let the water irrigate some of our yard. The solution was a great one, but the installation of the product resulted in a pool of standing water (mosquito breeding haven) along the west end of the house. But, remember, we are in Ecuador, so less than near quality is to be acceptable – let the builder move on. On the bright side, we had our fence installed, so the water lines that were incorrectly installed had to be removed to allow room for the backhoes and other equipment needed for the fence.
As the months, progressed, we noticed our windows and doors allowed water to drain into the house. But, remember, we are in Ecuador. So, what is a little standing water on the rooftop terrace and balcony? What is a little water draining into your house? To some, it seemed acceptable; to one individual, it was completely unacceptable. In the past couple months, we have been blessed to have Don Atkins professionally resolving water leaks (information for him and his company can be found at http://imbmobusa.com/id72.html). His team has fixed the windows so they do not drain into the house, but rather on the balcony where it drains down the house to the yard. His team has successfully installed water and electric to our yard and terrace. Don and his associated Herman have been toiling diligently to apply a sealant to our terrace and fill in the cracks to resolve the water leaks in our upstairs rooms. We had a choice of colors – we picked terra cotta. I think it will look super when they are finished, but best of all – it does not leak anymore!
We are grateful for the people that have proven that ‘being in Ecuador’ does not mean you have to settle for poor quality. The photo is a capture of the work in progress. There will be more to follow, since it will be completed today. Now won’t this look nice with some hammocks, plants, seating area and who knows what else? I think it will look so wonderful. Thank you Don, Herman, and the entire Mobusa crew.