Terraza renovation, cont’d

Before: Oddly shaped space abutting sex motel was open.
After: Oddly shaped space has been closed.

THE RENOVATION of our upstairs terraza took another step forward today.

The irregular opening that abuts the sex motel was closed by a metal frame over which is stretched the same awning material used for the curtains (see below).

Due to this additional enclosure, the terraza is even less susceptible to rain invasion in summer and dust invasion in spring.

Next up is a shade net below the glass roof that will reduce UV sunlight. That will be installed next week. Soon to come, a nice set of terraza furniture. Stay tuned.

For those unfamiliar with this ongoing project, see here. This has been an extremely over-the-top solution to a minuscule problem, which was a small leak from this terraza to the bedroom below. A tiny leak that was falling on nothing significant, just the floor.

Now and then.

The words overkill and snowballing are appropriate, but it’s been fun. And costly.

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Other side: roll-up curtains.

13 thoughts on “Terraza renovation, cont’d

  1. Pretty impressive, I’d say. You could defray construction costs by offering customers of the establishment next door a post-nookie coffee, donut and cigarette package for say, $300 pesos. Think about it.


  2. When will you be full time offering your design services? Will that include NOB? I shudder to think what this renovation would cost up here.

    Nicely done, señor!


    1. Ricardo: One of the numerous advantages of living south of the border is that so many things cost so much less. I always chuckle when I read (fairly often) that it’s not inexpensive to live in Mexico anymore. Of course, it is.


    2. Ricardo, P.S.: The work that filled in that oddly shaped opening, which is very large, consists of a steel frame with the material connected to it, of course, Custom-made and installed, it cost the peso equivalent of about $400 U.S.


  3. Felipe: Overkill would be a geodesic dome with a solar detector that opened and closed a gold umbrella. Anything short of that is form following function.


    1. Kris: Well, that sure would be overkill, but there are levels of overkill, I think. I sure could solved the leak problem in a simpler manner than I have. But I like the gold umbrella idea. Maybe next time.


  4. Your project looks as good as I knew it would.

    Yesterday I read an interesting exchange on a “moving to Mexico” forum. A young woman had asked a question if any of the forum readers had a suggestion where she should move in Mexico. She then listed a Goldilocks list of her preferences showing she had given the matter far more thought than many people who move south. Not too hot. Not too cold. Not too rural. Not a big city. She even included a price range for houses.

    Most of the readers were quite helpful, as they are on forums of that nature. But the tone changed entirely when a woman (who lives in one of Mexico’s foreigner ghettos) struck out personally. The gist of her message was that anyone who moves to Mexico with thoughts of saving costs has no soul. Mexico is a place to experience the magic of the Aztecs, the dignity of the subsistence farmer, the majesty of a world that once was. She was even so bold as to suggest the woman who posed the question should not come to Mexico. We do not need any more of your kind here, her subtext sneered.

    She started a bar brawl. Insults flew. Metaphorical tequila bottles were broken over gray heads. Someone even shot the piano player. It all stopped when the harpy who had started the fight responded to someone else’s insult with: “Of course, I could not afford to live in [her former country]” The irony spiked the thread.

    Your comment about the cost of your project would undoubtedly have kicked off the same shotgun-fired-in-a-hen-house cackle.

    I am about to launch a house-painting project. Because my house is one giant box, it will be expensive, but certainly not as expensive as in Oregon. (Of course, in Oregon, I would not have to paint my house every three or four years.)

    I have often written about my budget here as compared to Oregon. The difference is not great. But it could be. I pay for my lifestyle choice. And I am always glad to see areas where I regularly save money. Property taxes. Water, sewer, garbage. Car registration. And some groceries (not including the gasp-inducing price of a jar of saffron threads I bought yesterday — lifestyle choices).

    I suspect the house-painting will fall into a category similar to your project. A pile of pesos. But much better than a pile of dollars.


    1. Señor Cotton: Glad I missed the online exchange to which you refer. But it was amusing to read about.

      You have to paint Casa Cotton every three or four years? Except for some areas — the upstairs terraza, for instance — our Hacienda has not been painted since we moved in 16 years ago. It does need a painting, however. Some other, more pressing project always puts painting on the back burner, so to speak.

      As for its being cheaper to live in Mexico, of course it is, especially in the categories you mention. The difference there is astounding. My property tax is negligible as is light and water. Car tax, meh.

      As for saffron, I never buy that at all.


      1. Felipe: When I moved to Mexico, we had $1000 CDN. a month to live on. We bought a modest condo and lived a modest lifestyle, eating local food, etc. We had friends who spent more, and that’s their choice. We went on trips to Oaxaca, Chiapas and so on, so we didn’t do without. One of our getaways took us to your neck of the woods, where we decided to resettle. Prices have risen there, with inflation and other reasons, but it is still possible to live there for less than NOB. How much cheaper is up to the individual.

        P.S.: We still live modestly in Canada, seldom go to restaurants (because my cooking is better than theirs), do everything we want, and are blissful.


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