Paul and I (and you, if you’ve been reading for a while) have lived through a number of projects on our house here in Mazatlán. And while it has been challenging for me to live with the dust and the pounding and the need to restrict the dogs, every project we’ve done has been very worthwhile.
We have never shared pictures of our bathroom-dressing room because it was always a bit strange.
The room was way too big and the shower had a huge step to get over (really, with one step up and then one down, about 14 inches high or so) and we just weren’t happy with it. Over time I got an exercise bike and a used Nordic Track, so those take up one corner, which works just great.
We also had termites in a window frame and since we didn’t use it for ventilation we had it replaced with glass blocks. And we’re also having a jetted bathtub installed – which I know I will enjoy next summer. I’ll probably freeze some big blocks of ice and have some icebergs in there to help cool me off! Tubs are not usual in Mexican houses, but the room was so large it made sense to add one.
But the shower was always there, bothering us, and we knew sometime we’d have to make some changes. Well, when we realized that the upstairs patio tile was decaying at an alarming rate we figured we might as well kill two birds with one stone…
So almost three weeks ago they started removing the tile on the patio. All the plants were moved to one side. There was cracking and unfortunately they had to remove not only the tile but the dirt that was used as insulating material, too. Three plus dump truck loads of debris went over the side in a tube and away. Then in came a lot of sand and cement by the bag and bucket full. Up and down and up and down the stairs.
Both the bathroom and the patio were being worked on at the same time, and now we are getting close to done -I think there will be just a few more days left, or at most a week. As you can see, the pictures I took this morning show that it’s still a mess, but they will be tiling the second half of the front probably tomorrow and getting to work tiling the bathroom, too. And now, I swear, this is our last project ever!