Building a house in MX

She’s home the Airstream that is :-)

The other night my friend brought my airstream trailer to my house and parked it for me. ┬áIt was almost dark when the trailer arrived. Since then I have been able to give it a good look-over and there are a lot of things to fix and replace. As I go through the rig I notice more and more things that have to be done. I found that the power cord is missing so for now I can’t use electricity and of course the house battery is long dead. A lot of the plastic handles and latches are disintegrating when touched so they will have to be replace as will a vent cover that is missing. The curtains, of course, are rotten and will have to be replaced. Some of the cabinet doors need repair or replacement and the couch will need to be reupholstered.

So the project begins and it will be interesting to see what happens when work is started and what other things will have to be repaired or replaced. I am happy that the trailer is now in my yard and I can get the renovation underway.

Here are some photos;

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Looking aft towards the Head (bathroom)

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Looking towards the lounge

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the lounge area

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front of the trailer

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Curbside of the trailer

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New color for my Casita

I have a little one bedroom Casa (house) here in San Felipe now and then I change something just to give life a little boost. I got it in my head to paint one wall on the veranda, I love that word it sounds so grand, Mexican Pink. I went to a local paint store and looked at their color chart and there it was a very bright pink. When I told the man what I wanted even he called it Mexican Pink, in Spanish of course.

So I took some photos of the pink wall. I didn’t paint it pink I paid someone else to do the job if I had done it there would have been paint everywhere including the wall the floor and ceiling.

The photos also show the new iron work too, this adds a more Spanish touch to the house.

Here are some photos my now Mexican Pink veranda;

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From the entry looking down the veranda

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Looking towards the entry and living room

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Sitting area at the end of the veranda

 

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House Improvements 0.2

The latest house project has been improving the front wall of the house lot. This is still a work in progress. The metal work has been removed and block has been used to fill in the space then stucco has been applied. Local brick has been used to for decoration. The next step is painting the wall which may happen next week the cement needs to dry.

Ornamental Iron is removed ready for the block

Ornamental Iron is removed ready for the block

Form to make the Arch over the entrance

Form to make the Arch over the entrance

View from the outside with the block in place

View from the outside with the block in place

Gate from outside on the street

Gate from outside on the street

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New Project a Pergola for the south side of the house

There is a light shower today hence the cloudy day in the photos, still lovely here in Baja Mexico by the Sea Of Cortez.

After a little thought I decided that I needed to have some shade on the south side of the house and the wall that faces the west and hottest side in the summer. I contracted for a Pergola that covers most of the walkway and shades the west wall too.

These photos are the preliminary work needed to get the structure into place. It seems like a bigger project than I envisioned, but it will do the job of keeping things cooler during our very hot and humid summers.

Buganvillas are blooming

Buganvillas are blooming

Poinsettias doing well

Poinsettias doing well

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Texas Rangers starting to bloom

Texas Rangers starting to bloom

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Birds of Paradise doing well too.

Birds of Paradise doing well too.

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Setting Posts

Setting Posts

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Yellow Tape to keep me out of the post holes

Yellow Tape to keep me out of the post holes

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I’m pleased

with the fireplace, so far, as I sit here enjoying the flames. I had a gas line constructed so I could use the gas logs in the fireplace. I bought the logs second hand and didn’t see them work so it was a gamble as to whether they would work or not. I had to rearrange the logs several time to get a pleasing view of the flames. I still need to get the base material to cover the bottom interior of the fireplace, that will be done when I by the material in the “Old Country”.

This evening is a quiet time at home enjoying my PBS programs and playing on the ‘puter. It helps to have little tarts and hot tea after a few glasses of wine and a light supper.

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January Update

We had a cold spell a while back and got to use the fireplace. This experience was disappointing as the fireplace smokes I think the flue is the problem as the masons put a cap on the chimney and that interferes with the flue drawing well. Besides that problem the wood available here is mesquite and this variety stinks when it is burning and the ashes stink long after the fire goes out making the house, at least for me, not so nice. I also have a neighbor who has a palapa very close to my house and that structure has a roof made of palm fonds and they are very dry and I am concerned that a spark from my fireplace will set their palapa on fire. Considering these problems I have decided to convert my fireplace to gas. Gas is readily available and I have an LP tank already so I contracted for a gas line to be put in. I found another neighbor that was selling his gas logs and got them at a good price. When all this gets put together I hope that the problems will be solved and I will have some heat from the fireplace as well as a safe and nice flame to view.

Beach at dawn

Beach at dawn

Beach at dawn with the moon still up

Beach at dawn with the moon still up

Trench for the gas line on the side of the house

Trench for the gas line on the side of the house

Mr. Pacheco assembling the gas line

Mr. Pacheco assembling the gas line

Don Quixote guarding the front door he a gift from my friend Irene

Don Quixote guarding the front door he a gift from my friend Irene

Hole for the gas pipe to the fireplace

Hole for the gas pipe to the fireplace

Gas line trenching at the back of the house

Gas line trenching at the back of the house

Where the tee goes for a gas heater line later

Where the tee goes for a gas heater line later

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New Project

I have decided to add on to the house in Mexico and the work has begun. I want a room to use for a living room and to be large enough to invite friends over. I also want a fireplace. At first I was just going to build a walled patio but then I thought about it and went for the room addition. The grey water tank had to be move so that took time and labor. The ditches for the footings have been dug and the cement, block and rebar have been delivered. next week the footings get poured and the beginning of laying up the block begins. It is getting exciting seeing a plan come together.

Here are some photos of how it looks at this stage.

Long view of the construction

Long view of the construction

Cement mixer and more blocks

Cement mixer and more blocks

Cement and more blocks

Cement and more blocks

Sand and gravel for the cement

Sand and gravel for the cement

Pile of blocks just delivered

Pile of blocks just delivered

During construction

During construction

Before construction

Before construction

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Five guys

Five men tiny kitchen

Yesterday I had up to five men working in my kitchen. That’s a lot of men in a tiny kitchen. The tile work is coming along in both the kitchen and bath and should be done this week. I may even have sinks installed this week also. I got three new light fixtures installed; one in the hallway, one in the kitchen and another over the kitchen sink (or where it will be).

The tile work is looking very nice and the tile man is a very careful, if slow, worker. but with tile it is best to be right then fast one lives with the tile for a long time.

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