Posted by: pennyinparadise | November 10, 2008

Casa Ripple in Boquete

In November of 2005 I moved into my house in Boquete.   My house isn’t in a gated community or gringo development….it is in a Panamanian neighborhood in the beautiful Palo Alto section, which we call “the back of the bowl”, meaning the far edge of the valley in which Boquete is situated.

The house was very charming, but of course, I had to “do my thing” and renovate it…..mostly the kitchen, laundry room, outdoor living spaces and of course, new floors.   It was a 2.5 year labor of love, and I am grateful to all those who helped get it done…..here are some photos of the project, followed by photos of the finished product.

First priority....change these floors!

First priority....change these floors!

New floors going in

New floors going in the Living Room
The living room really needed a fireplace

The living room really needed a fireplace

So...we put one in

So...we put one in

The finished living room

The finished living room, complete with fireplace

The other side of the living room

The other side of the living room

In Panama, outdoor living is wonderful…..the original patio was small and not used much….sooooo,  work began to make it bigger…

The patio begins to grow

The patio begins to grow

Living next to a volcano means BIG boulders need to be removed

Living next to a volcano means BIG boulders need to be removed

The old septic needed to go....poor Gary!

The old septic needed to go....poor Gary!

As the patio grows, the roof must grow too

As the patio grows, the roof must grow too

And grow.....

And grows.....

Roof over the terrace

Then the patio roof needed drywall
Then came the drywall

And more drywall....

And, of course, there must be a hot tub……

Trench for pipes to heater and pumps

Trench for pipes to heater and pumps

The trench goes around the corner

The trench goes around the corner

Zap watches the hot tub case getting built

Zap watches the hot tub case getting built

And then covered with stones

And then covered with stones

Ready for use.....por fin!

Ready for use.....por fin!

Back to the patio renovation……

Mario chinks out the patio wall preparing to replaster

Mario chinking out patio wall for new plaster

New patio looks great

New patio looks great

More patio

More patio

Patio dining area

Patio dining area

And even more patio

And even more patio

So…..back to the inside….anyone who knows me knows that a new kitchen is almost always called for….here’s how it looked to begin with

Unpacking fun!!

Unpacking fun!!

  • Original Kitchen This window needed to be a door….out to the new, improved patio
  • The window came out, and french doors went in...oh yeah, the cabinets and sink went away too

    The window came out, and french doors went in...oh yeah, the cabinets and sink went away too

    Let's replace that other kitchen window too....

    Let's replace that other kitchen window too

    Now the window is a door

    Now the window is a door

    So....here it is now!

    So....here it is now!

    The other side of the kitchen was pretty sparce

    The other side of the kitchen was pretty sparce

    So...there wasn't much to remove on that end

    So...there wasn't much to remove on that side

    But that doorway was a waste of space....so we blocked it up

    But that doorway was a waste of space....so we blocked it up

    Then, the block was sealed

    Then, the block was sealed

    The refrig was relocated to the space where the door was blocked up

    The refrig was relocated to the space where the door was blocked up

    The old refrig was here....

    The old refrig was here....

    Of course all new tile was needed

    Of course all new tile was needed

    Where old refrig used to be, and a new pantry

    Where old refrig used to be, and a new pantry

    So....new kitchen overview

    So....new kitchen overview

    These dry rock walls are amazing…..these guys are real specialists and it’s all manual labor

    The wall begins

    The wall begins

    Making little ones out of big ones

    Making little ones out of big ones

    And then it was finished

    And then it was finished

    Now, the house is as good as I can get it…..here are some other photos

    Front of house

    Front of house

    Dining Room

    Dining Room

    My office

    My office

    My Bedroom

    My Bedroom

    Other end of My Bedroom

    Other end of My Bedroom

    Hand carved door to Social Bath

    Hand carved door to Social Bath

    Did you want a closer look at those masks in the dining room….these are the devil dancer masks made of paper mache by a VERY talented Panamanian guy…

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    My gardens are beautiful….there’s a little stream running on the side of the property that I can hear babbling

    Left side

    Left side back yard

    Center back yard

    Center back yard

    Right side back yard

    Right side back yard

    Beside my bedroom

    Beside my bedroomGarden near front of property

    Peeking over the rock wall

    Peeking over the rock wall

    View of Volcan Baru from my terrace

    View of Volcan Baru from my terrace


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