Saturday, July 14, 2012

The Remodel Blues

We started a remodel project a couple of years ago.  Many of our neighbors have accused us of turning it into a hobby but we're finally getting close to the end. Thought I'd share some photos of the inside since all you can see is the outside of the garage from the street.

Marcia moved here first in 1989. Her and her late husband Howard started with a trailer and palapa but soon built a home.  Donna came built in 1995.  So it's been a few years since the homes were new. We cobbled together a plan and here's what we ended up with.

The photo below on the left is the breezeway in front of Marcia's house. Donna's house is at the end of the columns and to the right.
The second photo is a from a little different angle but you get the idea. We dressed up the columns a bit and added some gingerbread like the arches. This was a 90% cosmetic remodel. The garage of course was new construction but almost everything inside was non-structural.


The next photos were taken to the right of the above photos, looking back on Marcia's house and then directly at Donna's.

Here are the "after" shots. Again the angles are a little different.

It' still not done as you can see but we're getting close!  Thanks to all our neighbors for their patience while we had the crews and construction materials all over.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Anthony Mullin's Boring Adventure

Ed and Ella's had their 10-year-old grandson down for a few weeks. Curious, a friend asked him the obvious question,”So, did you have a good time?" He and his grandmother (Ella) sent this response. What do you think, was he really “bored”?

 My boring Baja Vacation       by Anthony Mullins

The first thing I did was learn to drive an ATV. I liked learning how to drive and shift the gears. I bugged grandma and grandpa everyday to drive it. At first I could only drive around the block but then I got good enough to drive by myself. I even got to drive it home with my grandma on the back all the way from La Ribera.

I got stung by a jelly fish. That was the worse day of my trip, it hurt really badly but I’m okay now! Went swimming at Buena Vista Beach Resort pool on Father’s Day; since they have memberships there. It was nice to play and swim with my grandpa.

I went snorkeling. I liked floating around and seeing all the fish. I even saw a trumpetfish. I snorkeled with my grandpa first and then I snorkeled with my grandma. We went with Deb and Sam (my grandparents friends) and we took the Kabota (a cart) down the beach. I even got to drive it….it was slow.

I got to go to the car/truck races, Baja style! I met Bob and Donna Farmer’s son Patrick at their house. He invited my grandpa, Sam, Mike (grandpa’s friend) and I to watch him race outside LaPaz. I got to sit in his car, too.