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.