Mexico Dreampad

The evolution of our dream to build a family surf / party / gathering / sanity spot on the Pacific Coast of Mexico.

Oupps, some scale issues..

Nothing like real world 3D tests:

Bryan had our team mock-up the “kitchen box” for his visit.

It feels massive, its totally taking over the open feel in the living area…

New revision, the length will go to where Chicho is pointing, 3 meters instead of 4 meters long. One or two bricks shorter in height as well.

The breakfast island mocked up.

View while squeezing orange juice doesn’t suck….

Chicho’s drawing of the kitchen:

The doors will be VERY heavy duty for when we aren’t there, but I nice design, no?

Jungle kitchen conundrums.. food/critters and costly appliances/no walls….?

Objective: A fully functioning but simple kitchen that can work in a wide open jungle/loft, open to the weather, jungle critters looking for food, or uninvited visitors stumbling over our applieances…

Idea: A lockable box containing everything that edible or of value, and island with camping burners and a removable propane tank below.

Bryan’s drawing we sent to our architect:

Other reference:

   

  

Plan everything to tile scale, in case we want to tile it later….I love what they did at Bisquit film CO in Santa Monica in the shot below here….

  

Love this one: Mexican but graphic and modern feeling.

Another idea we considered: A lockable kitchen/shack building….rejcted for budgetary reasons, cheaper to keep all in one building.

Reality hits, some design revisions needed..

Turns out the original design of the stone tower on the corner is going to be too heavy on the steep slope, and could pull the house down the hill. Not good. We were majorly bummed, how could we keep the cool monumental design element that the stone tower surround for the outdoor shower was gonna give us?

Then we remembered this:

A tower we had seen at Plaza Olin, a shopping center in Punta Mita that had a beautiful way of covering a stairwell. This solution will give some privacy to, but still keep the open feeling of the outdoor shower. Crisis averted!

Below is Chicho’s drawing for that solution. Two versions of openness. We agreed to start with the more romantic and open version, will be lovely and romantic shower with a view of the jungle tops. If we feel too exposed we can always add more sticks later…

Really moving along now…

The pathway from the bodega up to the Palapa house …

Notice the pebble insert detail between the slabs.

Path leading downhill to where the “dormitorios” (phase 2) will be one day.

View from the main living space, facing the sunrise,

the 3 columns will hold up the east side of the Palapa roof.

Stairs down to the storm room, bathroom and cisterns.

Entrance from outside shower area into the bathroom.

Clean water for showers and cooking…. Rainy season fills up 4 of these 10,000 liter tanks in half an hour!

The beloved heroes making it happen: Engineer Jaime Acosta at left,

Architect Chicho Acosta to the right.

Stay tuned for the main floor to be poured and the Palapa to go up! We are being told it will go up in about 2 weeks…..fingers crossed….

Construction progress…

Here is the path leading up to the main palapa on the ridge…

More construction photos:

Water for showers and cooking:

This will be the view from the living room area deck:

Building the old fashioned way, Nacho and his sons and sheer muscle power.

The garage bodega down below. What color should we paint the windowtrim and door?

Black? Azul Anil? Do weigh in?

Moving forward with this, all open on top, water cisterns, storm room and bathrooms on below, outdoor shower in the stone enclosing.

Moving forward with this, all open on top, water cisterns, storm room and bathrooms on below, outdoor shower in the stone enclosing.

Botanical plan overlaid on the topo study.

Botanical plan overlaid on the topo study.

Bryan made this totally pro model from the topo study of the land.

Bryan made this totally pro model from the topo study of the land.