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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...