Sunday, April 22, 2007

El Cobertizo de la Arena- Apirl 13, 2007

Check out the cool floor we put in our cobertizo de la arena (shed of sand)

Views of the staires that will be Azul (BLUE) like the door.

Cobertizo decorations - the Lizard and the quails
The start of the Casa nĂºmero uno (first house)

Thursday, March 29, 2007

New Paint Job

Not done yet. We still need to add the blue to the top of the steps and then we'll finish the roof paint.

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Adding Decoration

Wednesday - March 7, 2007

John and I tried and tried to get the tire out of the window. Finally we decided to leave the tire in and make it a window box for flowers or herbs. Now all we need to do is out a covering over the openning, and our friend Melody who is a sculpter of medal. she make a Gecko to cover the openning - It looks so COOL!
I finally finished the stair and made them look smooth. Now all that is needed is a layer of paint; the staires till be orange with the blue as the foot steps. I can not wait to paint and finish the job. John and I have worked so hard to put together our first building.
Our next project is the garden, out door liveing area, and a ramoda to the RV...a big job but we can to do!

Monday, February 12, 2007

Time to add some color...

Of course we had to add our names to the threshold.Closeup of Rachel and the bright blue door

This is a good shot of the front of the shed and the stairs to the roof, which still needs be be concreted before we put the water tank and affix the solar panels.
Painting the doors one of beautiful bright colors we're selected.

Posing next to my newly completed door, my first ever.

Hanging my first door, which by the way is major pain for a major amatuer like me.
Rachel standing in the doorway before the door gets hung.The bright yellow against the beautiful morning sky.
Gotta to love all the colors. The bottom will be orange, the door, window and top of the stairs bright blue.
Newly finished front threshold
Our color samples for the shed.
Rachel the "general contractor" inspecting the stairs.
After several days of stucco work, my elbows were killing me.
Half finshed stairs with exsposed tires and chicken wire.
The stairs with stucco going around the corner and up to roof level.
The unfinished stair to the northside.
The complete stucco job...time to finish painting.

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Sunday, February 4, 2007

Nearing completion....

This is the start of our tire stair to the roof. The stair are just meant to give access to the solar panels and water tank that will be on the roof.
Speaking of solar panels, here our two of our panels basking in the morning sun...
From this view you can see our RV in the background.
This is the amazing satellite dish that let's me update this blog and much more...we actuall have high speed and use it to make international phone calls.

A shot of the morning sun. Having been raised on the Pacific Ocean with Western sundowns, I must say I prefer the Eastern view with bright early morning sunsrises and the amazing rise of the moon of the Gulf of's incredible.
Here's a view that really shows off the rough exterior texture of the shed. This is nearly as rough as we wanted, but have decided to soften it up just a little.
This view shows how we've soften it up, it also shows the warm summer sun.
The shed and the panels basking in the sun.

Here's a shot of the tires stairs all wrapped in chicken wire and ready for stucco. This image also shows the way the stair wrap around the shed and go all the way up the the roof level.
Here I am stappling the chicken wire to the tires.

A view from the top of the shed.

Sunday, January 28, 2007

Slinging Mud - The stucco begins

I'm trying to pull the tire out before we begin the stucco part of the project and find the tire doesn't want to move. No problem, we'll leave it in, at least for now.
Our first time stucco job. We started with chicken wire and found it just got in the way, so we took it off and started to apply the stucco directly to the bags and it seems to hold just fine.This isn't as easy at it looks our arms were killing us....
End of day one, we managed to get a rough "green layer" applied. All we did was cover as much area as we could in the shortest amount of time.The results of day one....
Here's a closeup view of day one results. Hopefully tomorrow the second layer will grab hold of the rough layer and we'll be off to the races.
Pretty rough huh?

Well, it seemed to have worked. Here is the results of day two. We didn't make it all the way around, but we got three of the four walls covered really well. Now we just need to apply the final stucco coat the level it out, then we're going to apply the Textura stuff we'll get in Mexicali, it's a breathable plaster/plastic coating that is colorized so we don't need to paint. Plus it doesn't crack.

Another view of day two...The tire may get a little tougher to get out, we'll keep you posted. I think we're gonna cut the tire and remove it that way.
Max and Rachel posinf in the tire. Max is loving all the running around in the sand he gets to do.