The architects have been good about sending photographic updates, and yesterday my inbox was filled with photos like these. Today I saw them and they cheered me more than any Valentine’s Day card ever would. Arches are appearing! There are two arches in the rear terrace of the main house, and facing those will be one more modern arch, in the rear house, framing our pool.
Inside the main house, the original arches will remain. They were cut into the original, thick, stone-filled mamposteria walls, which frame the interior courtyard. The courtyard runs the width of the house and will have a pond on one side and a tree on the other. The media room and kitchen will be flanked by both the terrace and the central courtyard, and we willingly sacrificed some kitchen space in exchange for good air flow.
It’s not one of those wide houses, at least not from the street. The facade is a modest 9-and-a-half meters, but the house fans out to 10 meters wide when you get to the rear terrace. And I’ll take every meter I can get. The rear of the yard will have a separate, modern building where the master suite will go. That’s where the property goes to 12 meters wide, and thank goodness for that. I think this is the only property we saw, when we were shopping, where the land got wider and not narrower as you walked away from the street. The house itself was kind of OK, sort of forgettable, but not wrecked by bad (or any kind of) renovations in the past 60 years. It was the yard out back that really hooked me. The sense of space, and serenity (which we’re temporarily interrupting) was wonderful. The serenity will return when our ponds, and the sound of trickling water, appear.
When I picture myself sitting on my sofa, with a pond on one side and a pool on the other, each providing the gentle white noise of running water, I nearly lose my mind with anticipation.
Most of the fruit trees have not survived our project. I see the workers are trying to rescue a mandarin and sour orange tree, and our prickly pear cactus tree has been trimmed back, but has been spared. We’re told we can make vitamin-packed nopal margaritas with the prickly pears. Or a shrimp-and-nopal salad. We’ll plant the rest, looking for trees that don’t drop lots of fruit, unless they’re fruits that can garnish our margaritas.