Well, here we go again! I don’t know about you but I certainly don’t like to wallow in the negative so let me tell you how we move on…Today we have a tractor guy, Rigoberto, coming to start digging for our foundation of the main house! Yeah! Here we go again! Oh wait….I already said that! But, it’s true, the casita isn’t even completely finished yet, and we just roll right into building our main house already? Most people would probably complete a project before starting another one, but ahem…we aren’t ‘most’ people! Hah! I wish we were, cuz’ I’d love to have all the little details all done before i see my crew of busy worker-bees moving up to the main house! I really hate to see em’ go…but they’ve not gone quite yet. They are still buzzing around my casita working on various details outside. Javier is nearly done on the terrace, all the arches are done and today he’s finishing up the arch on the face of the outside fireplace. I’ve gotten a kick out of watching him working on the arches. He’s quite the artist. I’m really excited about how pretty the terrace is and I expect to spend most of my time sitting out there enjoying the view and the fresh mountain air!
The other guys have been working on some of the hardscaping on the outside of the casita. I’ve probably tried to explain how we built the casita down in the middle of a small grove of trees. We could have built the casita up at the level of the road but we really wanted the feeling of living in a treehouse ,and we didn’t want to cut down any trees, which we managed to do! Not one tree was cut down for our house!. So consequently we need to build some good retaining walls to keep the dirt from caving in on us down here. We also need to create some place to park a car and a walkway to get from the car to the house. So there are multiple retaining walls going in and walkways too, I cant wait to be able to walk up to my front door without having to climb over dirt and block and construction debris! Its treacherous just getting into this little casita!
Scott’s been working hard on all the calculations for the foundation. for the main house. He’s figured out the amount of rebar and cement and he’s already bought a bunch of rebar which is being cut into smaller pieces and bent to fit into the holes for the foundation. So far he’s gotten 400 3/8 inch bars and 400 1/2 inch bars. And we’ve only just gotten started with 150 bags of cement . From what I just saw it looks to me like the tractor may need one more day to finish all the digging, but what do I know?
We’ve been spending a lot of time going through all our plans and fine tuning certain aspects of our design. I, of course, try to find every nook and cranny that I can for closet space! I love closets and I want them EVERYWHERE!! One of the things I liked most about our house in California was all the amazing storage space we managed to design into the house. We had space for storage in every spot possible. Another thing we love to do is come up with fun and interesting ceiling designs. We love a very open and airy feeling in our home and we find that having high ceilings is one way to achieve that. I also really love interesting light fixtures, so while we are in the city this next weekend I plan to do some light fixture shopping! Yeah! And Scott’s been researching places to go look at stoves. He dearly loved his Viking stove back in the states and there is a distributor here as well as a distributor of Wolf ranges. So we’ll go check that out and see what is available. This adventure just keeps on going and going…Adventures are like that!