Ok, so a couple of people asked about the secret project and it just doesn’t take much to twist my arm!
Our sala fresca is a lovely room, if you remember it’s the one where we had the mural painted. One side has windows on either side of a double door to the new back patio, and the other side is open to the courtyard, with just wrought iron and some beams.
There were a couple of things going on. One, not enough support for the vigas, two, water causing failure of the gutter and some problems for the vigas, and three, I was sick and tired of being so at the mercy of the wind and rain. I mean when it is stormy the whole room is soaked and papers scattered far and wide. But when it isn’t raining we love how open it is, and didn’t want to change that!
We had our contractor take a look at the gutter issues, and did some brainstorming, and one thing he suggested is that we come and look at the windows he had salvaged. Oh my. We fell in love.
They’re gorgeous windows, not sure of the wood but they are really heavy. Handmade, no nails. Each pair folds together when they are opened so the left one will fold against the left wall, the two center ones to the middle, and the right one against the right side. Perfect for us since most of the time they’ll be open.
Another thing we needed to do was stabilize the vigas on that side of the room. For some reason the other side had supports already, but this side needs the same thing. Our contractor has salvage vigas for this use, too.
The job is expected to take 5 or 6 weeks, and they’ve been working for a week. With Paul in Guadalajara at school I am the jefe here! It is going great, though.
We’re also planning on using the big wrought iron pieces that were removed somehow as a screen for our bodega, which has been a nagging issue for us.
There are more photos of the project on the Photos page.