We have reached a point where you can see progress. I like to brag about the workmanship, because although it is exasperating to live with a perfectionist, it can be an asset when you are building the last house you will ever own. You cannot imagine how happy it makes us to know this house belongs to us, with no mortgage, no loan, no debt of any kind..
I guess the place to start is outside. The railings and security bars are finally up on the balcony, and they are perfect. Not quite 'N'awlins lace', but close enough to suit us.
This is the west side of the house from the road. It is late afternoon. The door on the balcony goes into the kitchen. My sink will between the two windows.
The post in the foreground is for the fence. For now it will be strung with barbed wire just to keep the neighbor's horses and cows out of the yard. Jose and Marvin have plastered the colonnade, and it is ready to paint. The walls will have to wait 'til another time.
I took this picture to show how large the balcony really is. The picture explains why the living room is small; we plan to do most of our living out here. Since the temperature hardly ever gets below 72 degrees, it gives us a lot of outdoor living (read hammock) time.
You can see the security bars on the windows. The frames of the windows are made of rosita. Each of them have been planned, evened out, planed, shaped, and put together by hand. Jose learns very quickly, so once Macho Man showed him how to rip the boards he was able to help a lot. These frames are bolted into the concrete about 4 inches and the bars bolted into the frames.
This window is looking into the living room toward the portico door. The picture shows more of the detail of the security bars. Macho Man is working on the screens. He is also working on the doors. Once those are up, we will move in. We can hang the windows after we move in.
We supplied the wood and hired a carpenter to make the door from the kitchen to the balcony. This is the natural color of the wood. The tabs at the top of the door will be cut off before it is hung. They are there so if the carpenter made the door too short you can layer in another piece of wood to snug up the fit. I really like this door.
Lights on the balcony are in, and the wiring is in for the fans. We have carriage lights at the front doors, upstairs and down.
One of two hanging lamps we brought from Miramar. Macho Man hung one at the back end of the balcony on the east and west sides of. This one provides light just outside the kitchen door; the other outside the master bath.
The ceilings are up. We chose knotty pine rather than rosita or mahogany. We want the house to be as light as possible and both the other woods get very dark as they age. To me it is beautiful.
There over 600 boards, 1" x3" x10', in the ceiling. Each board has been worked by hand, first to get it dry because it doesn't come kiln dried from the lumber yard. Then it has to be straightened and the tongues and grooves made. Jose and Marvin hand sanded and varnished each piece before it was hung. MM showed Jose how to nail it into place, fitting the tongues and groves together. Jose and Marvin did a really good job while MM worked on something else..
The master bath. The shower and tub surround are Macho Man's design. If you look closely, all the grout lines and all the decorative tiles line up exactly. There was a lot of effort put into this room. The base cabinets and mirror still need to be installed and I need to paint it.
The grout lines in the tile from the balcony through the house,onto the rear portico, and down the back steps are all in one straight line. I told you Macho Man is a perfectionist.
I am blessed.