Endless construction

MEXICO’S IN a state of constant construction.

There are businesses all over the place that sell construction material. If you drive more than a few blocks, you’re almost guaranteed to see something being built.

It’s an incredible, ongoing phenomenon.

When we get back from Mexico City, where we’re headed shortly, we also will be building stuff, a yearly occurrence in springtime when there is no daily deluge of rain.

And we’ll be constructing in Mexico City too. Ceramic tile will be laid on the floor of the “service patio,” that space Mexican homes have out back where the water heater, clothesline and big cement sink sit.

Mexican homes have big cement sinks out back.

But the best news — for us at least — out of Mexico City recently is that we finally have the deed to the condo. All we have to do is pick it up at the lawyer’s office.

Signed, sealed and delivered!

Getting the deed has been an ongoing process and headache for years. But now it’s done, and we own three homes free and clear that we could sell if we wanted to.

But we don’t.

We prefer the fun of constant construction.

22 thoughts on “Endless construction

  1. Our experience has been endless construction exists because less supplies than what is needed is purchased on the front end, then multiple trips back to purchase result. A kitchen tile project went on forever with 5-6 extra trips to get 6 tiles, then 5 more and so on. I loved it because I could load up in the backseat of the VW and go peruse the assortment of talavera tile. And there was not one leftover tile in the end.


    1. Bev: I don’t think that’s the reason for the endless construction. It sounds like a reason to endlessly return to the store, however. And, as you say, that can be fun.


    1. Andean: I assume you’re referring to finally getting the condo deed. Yes, much patience was required. Not that we had much choice in the matter. But now it’s done. Hooray!



    Life is just one damn thing after another.

    Need this reminder also along with the continual repair and maintenance of a Mexican-built house.


    1. Peggy: I hope you noticed that is one of the quotes here along the right-side column. Elbert Hubbard, I mean. Maybe you came up with it independently.

      As for Mexican homes, I prefer to think of it as frequent maintenance instead of repair. Basically, homes here are piles of brick. I find them easier to repair and maintain than are homes above the border. Cheaper, for sure.


  3. Well, you have to keep building in order to support the endless supply of building supply stores which are peppered every three blocks. I would safely guess there probably two dozen on the libramiento from our house to yours.

    The economy must be good, because driving around today we saw lots of workers mixing concrete on the roadways in front of various home sites. It’s like they will build for a day or two, run out of supplies then wait a few weeks then do some more. Better than getting one’s self into debt.


    1. Tancho: Construction projects go with one of two speeds. Quickly, if money is available Our Hacienda was built by three guys in just nine months. Or slowly, as you mention, if the cash is not readily available and comes in dibs and dabs.


  4. My dad (founder and owner of large A/C equipment and parts co.) used to say when you stop growing, you die. They have many branches around Texas.


  5. I suggest southern yellow pine for all your lumber needs. We’ve plenty, be glad to send some south, a in exchange for US currency, of course.


  6. So you have a deed at last! Or at least what, at the moment, appears to be a (finally!) credible promise of a deed.

    So you don’t really want to live there. You have soured on visiting much. You don’t want to sell. You don’t want to rent it. But you’re still improving.

    What’s wrong with this picture? Sounds positively Chinese — condo as savings account.


    Kim G
    Redding, CA
    Where we’ve noticed that our fantasy penthouse is back on the market. Or still on the market, here nearly a year later.


    1. Kim, the deed is just waiting for us to pick it up. We’re in Mexico City dealing with an albanil who likes working half-days and jacking us around. We’ll get to the lawyer’s office and the deed in a day or two.

      But yeah, the deed is done.


  7. Felipe. I just want to say I’ve been following your blog for about 6 months. I feel like we’re related. No. Don’t worry. I’m not a stalker. I found your blog through following the Mexpatriot Senor Cotton.

    I am also optimistic and hopeful about the Donald Trump presidency. Alas, in Canada we’re stuck with a wishy-washy socialist. Me and my not so child-like bride have been going to Mexico for a decade and are considering retirement there. I’m trying to convince her to divorce me so that I can marry a Mexican, but it’s not going well. Oh well. Just thought I’d say hola. My real name is David McGregor but I’m going as Brent Morrow for no particular reason.

    Wish you and your child bride all the best.
    Dave & Josee McGregor
    PS. You don’t need to post this. It took me 5 years to sign up with Disqus. Disqusted with FB. 🙂

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    1. Brent/David: Stalkers are fine. It’s lurkers that those of us who write blogs wish would come out of the closet.

      Thanks for the feedback. Mexico is a great place to live. I heartily recommend Mexican child brides, of course, but if your older model won’t set you loose, you’ll have to make the best of it. Better than nothing.


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