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  • NC Scroller
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    Very very nice. The only thing missing is the picture of the new/expanded shop.

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  • jim_mex
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    Thanks to all for the kind comments.

    Norma and I are still growing into our 'new' home but are really happy that we got this work done and everyone who has seen the transformation have been wowed.

    From my side I'm really pleased with how my kitchen extension idea worked out. For a small extension in length the repositioning of the door to open up the use of the left wall has given us more than 200% additional work space as well as a clear passage through the kitchen from the interior entrance in the house to the exit to the garden. I'm also very happy with the radical design change to our entrance gates which I proposed to our architect which now allows us to fully open the gates for our Mazda SUV to enter without risk of scratching the sides on gate posts.
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    Now if I can bide my time a little to work on Norma to convince her to agree to my workshop extension I'll then be a very happy camper

    Karl - in answer to your question the house footprint comes to a little under 1000 sq ft.

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  • Rolf
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    WOW! I really like your taste in doors etc. I have have always leaned towards contemporary / modern. But our house is a small cape and that style would not suit it. Since we are both Geminis we have 4 people and our house is very eclectic. Each room has a bit of different style.

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  • Hobbyhorse
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    Brilliant stuff Jim. Congratulations on the layout and the workmanship, but most of all enjoy it.

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  • KarlB
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    Very nice Jim. You have a very contemporary look now! Since I do cabinet, Entertainment centers, etc. for my work I see a lot of the same looks being done here in Naples. (i.e. large porcelain tiles, lighted dropped ceiling)

    I do like your use of the space in the door way for additional cabinets!

    You said your plot was 2400sf, but what is your under air size?

    Again - well done!

    Karl

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  • will8989
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    Beautiful!

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  • Jim McDonald
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    Glad to hear you survived the remodel!

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  • jim_mex
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    24 Oct - Home 'make-over' completed!!!

    Hi again all – time flies when you are busy and Norma and I have certainly been that the past couple of months since we embarked on our home 'total make-over' project but the good news is the work is now complete and we spent the past week moving back into our ‘new’ home.


    The house interior was actually completed 5 weeks back – 6 weeks from the start date - but we couldn’t move in because of the amount of exterior work we had to do which included a fair amount of ‘project creep’ issues we hadn’t contemplated at the beginning. It also didn’t help that the during most of September and the beginning of October we had a lot of rain here in Central Mexico which dramatically slowed down the outside work.

    I took some photos to share a couple of weeks back before we started to move back in and I am glad I did because if I took photos today most of the interior shots would show rooms full of boxes we still need to go through and sort out to decide what we will keep and what we will get rid of. One thing I am convinced of is that we brought back more stuff into the house than we originally took out!


    To recap – our house is a smallish one storey affair with a living/dining room, 3 bedrooms – one of which Norma will use as her office area - a kitchen and a bathroom. We have a small garden at the back along with an outdoor building which was originally our junk/storage room. My narrow workshop is squashed between one side of the house and a boundary wall. At the front there is a drive-in area to park one car and there is a narrow concrete area between the house and the boundary wall road to the street. The whole plot area covers around 2400 sq ft.

    The original remodeling project included complete home rewiring, floating ceilings with direct and indirect lighting in all rooms, replacement windows and doors throughout, new closets in two bedrooms, a kitchen extension including repositioning of the access doors to open up more usable space in the kitchen, installation of large format porcelain floor tiles throughout the house, transformation of the outdoor storage building into an office/work store for yours truly and finally, opening up of what was an outdoor washroom area to form a small patio garden between the outdoor office and the house.

    About 5 weeks into the work ‘project creep’ then added the following items; a complete makeover of the front boundary wall facade of the house including new entrance gates and lighting features, a narrowing of the entrance steps to the front door to give a little more width to the car parking area and finally an add on storage room for Norma built between the house and the boundary wall. This was conditional on still leaving me space to park my motorbike!!

    Just after all this work finished and we had said goodbye to the architect and his team of workmen Norma threw in a final curved ball. She convinced me to re-tile our bathroom floor with leftover tiles from the house work and then install a new WC and modify a vanity unit I built a few years back to fit a new top surface and modern surface mounted washbasin. I finished this just yesterday!

    We still need to furnish the house but have at least equipped all rooms with some nice looking horizontal blinds and splashed out on a couple of sofas for the living room. Going forward I have a lot of carpentry work to undertake to keep me out of mischief.


    I estimate we have spent a little over 35,000 USD on this project which is somewhat higher than we originally planned but having practically obtained a new modern looking home at the end of this much needed project both Norma and I are very happy with the end result and the money was well spent.

    As I noted earlier once all furnishing work is completed on the house I'll be looking at redesigning the back garden, patios and hopefully extending my workshop a little

    Here are some photos of the end results

    Back garden showing my new office, the kitchen extension and what will be a small patio garden area in front of Norma's office


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    Living room

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    ....with new sofas, looking out onto the garden!!

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    Kevin's bedroom - I finally finished framing his window after just a 4 year wait - LOL!

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    Hallway leading to the kitchen and bedrooms

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    Kitchen - awaiting furniture on the newly available left-hand wall

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    Bedroom closets

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    Converted front patio area to include a storage room for Norma and bike parking space for me! Note the flat tyre on my mountain bike - I think my scorpion sculpture may have stabbed it -

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    Street wall facade and entrances - crack of dawn early morning shots !

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    And thats about it....

    Any would be home robbers who want to travel south of the border now know the lay of our property, but don't expect to find anything of value inside. We are all spent up! - LOL!
    Last edited by jim_mex; 10-25-2020, 12:22 AM.

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  • Hobbyhorse
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    Thanks for the photos Jim, it all looks just great. They contractors have been remarkably quick when you look at the scope of the work ... you must be very pleased with it all.

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  • cwmagee
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    looking good!

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  • jim_mex
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    Bragging rights! - As you can see from photos inside the house I decided to go with large format 4ft x 2ft porcelain tiles throughout the house.

    Our architect was a little bit put out at first when I told him that I wanted to choose the tiles with Norma and I would also calculate our requirements. He suggested I order 10% overage for cutting losses and breakage . I didn't want to do this because these large format tiles are quite expensive per piece.

    According to my layout calculations I estimated the job would require 130 tiles. I ordered 6 additional ones, two of which I was hoping to save to use as work bench tops. Fortunately we had on board two very experienced tilers with considerable experience working in the US. They did a fantastic job following my layout pattern and used just 131 tiles, leaving me with 5 spare tiles which I know I will find a good use for.

    I admit to being a bit smug when I provided our arqui with this information!
    Last edited by jim_mex; 08-28-2020, 06:38 PM.

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  • jim_mex
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    UPDATE AT 28 AUG

    Well, its be little more than 2 weeks since my last update and although it might seem impossible to believe the bulk of our house remodelling project is almost complete.

    All the major structural work is finished. All new windows have been fitted, all tiling throughout the house will be finished by midday tomorrow, all new windows have been fitted, all ceilings have been totally modernised and have had both indirect and direct lighting fitted. The whole house has been rewired and ample breaker boxes strategically located. The painters have carried out most of their inside work apart from the kitchen but will be back next week to finish up all detailing. After this the carpenters will come in and fit doors and closets plus the exterior doors for the kitchen and living room will be fitted. Outside the front entrance steps to the house have been narrowed and will be given a facelift and it looks like the front facade of the house including the main entrance gates will be remodelled.

    Finally, and most important for yours truly, my new office/work store is now built and only needs a coat of exterior paint.

    One expected by-product of all of this work is that our small grassy area of the garden has been destroyed and we will be needing to either returf the grass and or completely remodel the garden. I favor the latter to my design!

    So, it appears like the house will be finished after 2 more weeks making the project a shade over 6 weeks from start to finish. Amazing really!

    I took some more photos this morning with my phone. Sorry if the perspective looks a bit skewy...

    Overhead shot of the office and kitchen area before and after

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    Kitchen extension,. small new patio area in what was the washroom, part of my new office

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    Inside yet to be finished kitchen extension

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    Living room, after tiling - natural daylight and with lighting. Corridor from living room to bedrooms and bathroom

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    My office and store room - already partly filled with articles stored in my workshed.
    Currently building new floor to ceiling cabinets to sort all my stuff out!


    office 01.jpgoffice 02.jpgcabinet.jpg

    So thats it for the moment, Stay tuned!
    Last edited by jim_mex; 08-28-2020, 12:41 PM.

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  • jim_mex
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    Fibber - typically here in Central Mexico homes still tend to use block or brick construction and then plaster indoor walls and use mortar facing outdoors. Wooden frame construction doesn't exist here. Whilst using plasterboard is becoming more popular this is the first time I have seen concreteboard being used for exterior surfaces.

    The architect we are using is versed in plasterboard and concrete board techniques and the team he brought in have worked in the US and are familiar with using these materials and because it is much quicker to build with them this was the way they decided to go.

    I also learnt a lot watching them and asking questions!

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  • cwmagee
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    Jim,

    Is wallboard construction standard procedure in Mexico? My reason for asking is I know that when my In-laws built their home in Fla in the mid 1970's that wire lathe and plaster was the preferred building material of choice. I do not know if that is still true.

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  • Jim McDonald
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    I will be willing to bet he invites us ALL for a big fiesta when it's done--but he is counting on the border still being closed.
    Last edited by Jim McDonald; 08-14-2020, 06:43 PM.

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