Things are hopping right now and it’s mighty fun to see!
The foundation is built all around the perimeter of the house and this morning, just as I was sitting down to get some work done – a mere 15 minutes away – Jorge sent this photo of the bedroom walls going up! I was planning on keeping my butt on my chair and not going over there until later this afternoon but no way that was going to happen now.
Indeed walls are going up. Friends in the US are asking me why the floor does not go first and I don’t have an answer to this. One thing is for sure: walls are going up and the floor is still a pile of earth. More will be revealed I am pretty certain.
So yes, walls!
And meanwhile, inspiration has struck after a seed was planted while sitting on my friend’s balcony the other night and I have decided to pivot on the original plan.
The initial idea was to build a separate small structure (in Phase 3 which could be a year away) with a studio on the bottom and a small guest room on the top.
The new idea is to instead:
1) bring the studio inside the house (Phase 1). This will be easy and I will have some counters built out of concrete as well as a sink put in by the window.
2) build a second story on top of the bedroom part of the “L” and up there create a combination terrace (with half walls), extra bedroom, and small bathroom. With a simple cocinita on the terrace (Phase 3).
This will be accessed with a caracol staircase (spiral) from the palapa below and allow a sweet private space for friends and family as well as an extra outdoor area with fresh air and a view of the jungle! No need to build an extra foundation for a separate building, either. In the end, it will be cheaper and better, I am pretty sure.
I ran this past Jorge and he liked it. So now we need to add some castillos and rebars to prepare for when we’re ready to make this happen.
The whole pivoting / creating thing is heady and amazing.
As I was leaving this morning, the gentleman who has made my 2000 pesos disappear so swiftly was walking over. I walked away.
No need to tarnish a beautiful morning.