Friday, September 2, 2011

Fixer Upper In Alamos, Sonora

We met some folks from New Mexico 
who were fixing up this house in Alamos, Sonora 
and they invited us over to take a look.

Pat and Steve live part of the year in Abiquiu, New Mexico 
and and the rest of the time here.

As we approach the house on a steep hill we notice how they have
terraced it off creating lots of space on different levels.

(Please note that this is a reworking of the post:
Fixer Upper In Alamos from 2/15/10.)

The arch over the gate, made by Steve, was fashioned from a dead mesquite tree.

The main level;
 and the enclosed space inside is only 140 sq. ft.

The blue trim around the wooden door is a nice highlight 
from the orange wall.

This is what they started with...

...and after a couple years of remodeling this what they end up with.

There is lots to like here, but I love the colors.

The inside includes the kitchen, a sitting area, and a loft for sleeping,
 which does not include the palapa, the outside sitting area, or the bath.

Looking towards the bath area. 

The gravel drains rain from the roof keeping water from pooling on the bricks.

Looking into the bathroom, the red tile are the shower.

The concrete wash stand.

The section on the left is ribbed for scrubbing clothes
 or a great place to drain and dry dishes and on the right is the sink. 

You see these all over Mexico
and to see more examples go to the post: More On Formed Cement.

The tile mosaic next to the grill was done by their builder, Martin, 
who has done most of the work here.

 He is a very creative and inventive person and the collaboration has been fruitful.

The steps lead to the palapa, yet another sitting area, on another level.

The palapa at night. 

It stays cooler up here with the extra breeze from being up higher.

This is a beautifully tied palm frond roof that should last for many years,
and was built by Chacho who I profiled in the posts: