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There’s a lot of wet paint around here

Winter is the perfect time to paint here in Mazatlán.  The temperature is comfortable – mid 70’s to mid 80’s – and the humidity is low.  But this year in addition to the normal homeowner updating here in Centro there seems to be an effort by the city to get some paint on buildings that badly need it.  I don’t know the details of the program, but with tourism down like it is, putting some additional people to work is...

The project is finished!

I was afraid we wouldn’t be able to call this room our sala fresca once the windows were installed, but it is actually way more open feeling now than it was with the wrought iron! The only time the windows are closed is when we are sleeping or when it’s raining! I think it’s interesting too that the streetscape in the mural is at the same perspective as the new windows…it is quite amazing, really. See the equipal chaise, above? ...

…around the house

There were a number of comments on my post about salitre, I am really no expert.   I think it has a lot to do with how careful your house builder was with the amount of salt in the sand used in making the concrete.  Less salt, less salitre, I think.  But certain spots in your house might just be inclined to it, and you will probably repair it over and over again. I’d only put a couple small photos...

Salitre 102

When you buy an brick and cement house in México, you will quickly get up to speed on Salitre.  Salitre is kind of acne for walls, and it’s a fact of life here. I wrote about it before in the post Salitre 101. It took us a while to be ok with living a little salitre here and there on the walls, our NOB (north of the border) perspective was hard to change.  But finally we realized that you can’t...

The secret is out

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. ...

Old-style Mexican construction…part two

For those of you interested in remodeling and construction in Mexico, here’s an update on the status of our backyard remodeling project.  The first installment is here.  I am keeping a photo gallery on the project here. The previous installment left the project with the wood supports inserted in the wall (for the new roof) and the new slab poured. Since then, there has been a lot of progress.  First they had to raise the salvage wood posts.  These things...

Project update

We’ve had workers in the backyard for a week and a half now, and they have made a lot of progress!  The plan is for a long roofed patio to be constructed next to the house, and grass in the rest.  Sounds simple, but it’s not.  We need to maintain the slope towards the drain, reroute drainage from our other courtyard, and various other tasks. We are using salvaged column bases, columns, and vigas.  New tile will sit on top...

Just about done!

We are very near the end of both our courtyard project and the interior painting. So, we asked the architect a couple of weeks ago what day and time would be good for an end-of-project thank you party. He said yesterday (Friday) at 5 pm would be good. The work that remains to be done is a bit of painting and the final fix-up of the planting beds. Also the electrician needs to put in the lights in the planter...

The courtyard, AGAIN!

For those of you not interested in yet MORE construction photos, I’m sorry. But the courtyard project is really fascinating me and I just have to share. If you’d like to see my previous posts on the project here they are: first post and second post Since the three upper shed roofs are complete, the crew started in on the cover for the walkway. Everything is to be made out of concrete, but from underneath it will look like wood...

What’s for Dinner?

I promise to write a post soon that isn’t an update on a construction project. But we are pretty excited about the transformation of our kitchen that just was completed yesterday… Above is a picture of our kitchen from the marketing website before we bought the place. As you can see there are appliances and granite countertops, all of which is a part of the concrete structure. The concrete part is typical of Mexican kitchen construction, although most Mexican kitchens...

Salitre 101

I thought that you might want to see pictures of the salitre repair project in one of our bedrooms. We’ve learned a lot about salitre over the last couple of months. Salitre is a kind of cancer on the cement skin of the house. It’s caused by water leaching out the salt in the cement mix. It could be happening because of a water pipe leak, a drain problem, or ground water coming up from under the house. So usually...

The courtyard, continued….

  I thought I’d keep going with the courtyard remodel pictures. They should be finishing all three roofs this week, and next week the painters will paint the top part of the wall so they can use the scaffolding while it is still here. Once the wood was removed from the slab the maestro kind of splashed on and smoothed out a very thin layer of mortar to make the slab really pretty. Then he started installing the roof tiles....

Two week progress report

We are in the midst of our courtyard remodel. Above are a couple of “before” pictures: As you can see there are chipped tiles, a big empty space, an irregular step, overgrown plants, etc. The windows on the floor above take the southern sun directly so we are having shed roofs made with tile above the three upstairs windows. A shed roof with three posts will support a cover over the walkway area and also shield the doors below from...