Thursday, January 20, 2011

The Masonry Kitchen

My last 2 posts have been on the house that Ernesto and Elena
 are remodeling in Alamos, Sonora:

Please take a look as all 3 go together.

Above is the outside view of their home and the printshop.

For this last post I want to show the kitchen.

The previous post showed the fireplace in the dining room, 
and above is the view looking into the kitchen.

Note the thickness of the adobe walls.

These two fellows are finishing up the brick floor,
 making the last cuts, and grouting between the bricks.

The bricks are quite old,
 having been taken out of the walls during the remodeling, or off the roof.

Because of rampant termites and lack of lumber,
 the kitchen and bathroom cabinets are typically made out of masonry.

The fronts and doors will be made of wood by local woodworkers.

It seems the cabinets are made first and then the brick floor is added.

Above is the sink cabinet, the stove must go to the right. 

For the floor the perimeter bricks are laid first
 and then the diagonal infill is put down using the perimeter for leveling.

Typically all mixing of concrete, cement, and mortar are done on the floor.

I can't wait to make masonry cabinets some day.


  1. Hi Ches,
    Very interesting to see the restoration of this building. I have some photos of the old print shop with the vintage motorcycle that sat inside, and the interesting abstract design paint on the walls. It was still operating as a print shop when we were there in 2008. Trippy!

  2. It is still operating as a print shop and the 100+ year old presses are still at work. I just went by today to order some business cards for this blog. Did you check out the video from the third blog back on the printshop?

  3. Love the adobe walls, and the cement work, you showed in the previous posts. I am renovating my bathroom (all masonyy/concrete), and am trying to figure out how to install my cabinet doors,everything will be done in Tadelakt (medieval plaster technique from Morocco),and I am trying to avoid wooden door frames to hang my cabinet doors. Are you willing to share how they hung theirs, if they installed any doors at all?

    Thanks so much

    1. As I recollect in Mexico they usually attach a wooden frame to the cement or concrete cabinet and hang the doors from that. Most often there are no doors at all or maybe only a curtain. I wish I could be of more help, good luck with your project. It sounds like fun.