A bit of old Mazatlan…

October 30, 2009

I’ve always been a lover of old things.  Before we moved to Mexico I always had a lot of antiques in my house. I even restored a 1907 Craftsman bungalow in a previous life!  One of the shocks when we moved here and we had a big house to furnish was how little vintage furniture there is in town.  Almost none!

Long time readers of this blog are aware that we have done a couple of projects lately that incorporated the use of salvaged architectural elements into the work.

In our back yard, we turned crumbling cement  into a lovely tiled portico and corredor. (that’s a covered patio) In that project we used gorgeous old mahogany posts and beams.  It is a wonderful space, our favorite place for sitting in a rocker and reading or knitting.  Photos here.

The other project was the replacement of about 20 feet of wrought iron between our central courtyard and the sala fresca.  We had salvaged 100+ year old windows installed, and used old beams to reinforce the roof where problems had developed.  The windows are great to have closed during the rain and wind but most of the time they are wide open, and we love them that way. Photos here.

Both of these projects were managed by a friend of ours.  Well, he became a friend through these two projects.  He has a great team and they do good work.  Through his passion for old house parts he has decided to branch out from being a contractor who uses salvaged materials to also being a supplier of architectural salvage as well as vintage furniture and some newly made furniture using recycled parts.

Mazatlan hasn’t had anything like this before, and for those of us who have a historic home in Centro it will be a godsend.  But even for more modern houses and condos, a bit of history can give that wonderful depth that only old things can supply.  I expect that builders and restorers up and down the coast of Mexico will be interested in the architectural house parts and designers and homeowners will love to incorporate vintage furniture into their rooms.

Hace Mucho will be having a sale in December (info on the website) but won’t have a retail store. If you are interested,  check out Hace Mucho here.  By the way, Hace Mucho means “way back when.”

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    1. Ahh Nancy if you want OLD salvage stuff, come to San Miguel. The road between here and Delores Hidalgo is full of one place after another.
      I love what you’ve done with the beams and doors. “Adaptive reuse” was my specialty way back when I did that for a living. I bought many an old fallen down barn in the states to reuse in my restaurant projects.
      Those doors are magnificent…….Congrats

    1. When I was doing a house in Calif., the architectural salvage lot was one of my favorite hangouts. One of the hard parts of renting here versus owning; you can’t be as creative and innovative as you might wasnt to be. One day, maybe.

    1. Nancy, I love the pictures and I can see why you love Hace Mucho. Can you give me a ballpark of the cost so we can judge what kind of USDs we’ll need?

      1. Nona, Thanks! Yes, Bamboo makes a wonderful sound…I have my fingers crossed it will recover.

        Babs, Yes, there is old stuff in other areas of Mexico but up until now there hasn’t been anywhere to buy on the coast. I am excited about having a resource here!

        Lauren, Yes, the environmental angle is a big thing, too.

        Zoe, Yes, I always loved salvage yards in the US, too. This will be different since he doesn’t have a retail store but the sale should be fun.

        Michael, I don’t have access to prices, as it isn’t my business. Can you contact Hace Mucho with your questions? Thanks!

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