ARCHITECTS KNOW things you don’t, which is why you hire them. We did not hire one. Perhaps we should have.
Above you see one of the reasons. What should be one of the best aspects of the Hacienda is essentially useless, and we rarely go out there. It’s the upstairs terraza.
We initially intended to have a tile roof over most of it, but it was one of the last parts (expenses) of the construction process back in 2003, and I was weary of spending money.
The tile roof was scaled way back, just large enough to cover the hammock that was out there for years. I wanted my hammock, and I used the hammock for about eight years.
Then I didn’t. Finally I removed it because it was an obstruction to walk around every time we stepped out there.
Let’s count the architectural errors. You see the biggest in the photo at the top. If you sit in a chair, this is your view. The yellow wall. It you’re standing, or even in a hammock, the view is spectacular. If you’re sitting, it’s the yellow wall.
Here’s another: During the rainy season, which lasts about five months, a fourth of this terraza is a lake. The drainage is lousy. We’ve added extra drain holes, but the problem is the floor’s complete lack of incline.
And another: That floor tile is super slick. During the rainy season, well, you can guess. Swan dive!
And another: Plants out there almost always die. It’s freezing cold in the winter, and blazing sunlight in the spring. About the only things that survive are cacti.
Most of these problems could be eliminated by adding the entire tile roof I initially planned, but the primary problem would remain. If you sit, you’re looking at that yellow wall.
That too could be done another way, but then you’re looking at major work and expense.
Meanwhile, sitting on the downstairs veranda is just great, so this upstairs area remains low on the priority list.
It likely will stay the same forever.
Should have hired an architect.
(Note: The house design is mine, and it was written on sheets of graph paper. The workers took it from there.)