This is just an exercise, forcing me to wrap my head around a Spanish colonial floor plan suited for the tropics. Up here, we would seal everything up tight and put in large glass panes to catch the rays, but in Merida, air flow is everything and the sun isn’t necessarily your friend.
We don’t have a north-facing property, but if we build the master suite in a casita out back, we could orient that toward the gulf breeze. I also have a fantasy about the house being one of those where, from the front door, you see all the way to the pool in the back, so I’m lining everything up along the entry hall.
I’m avoiding airless interior rooms by planning a small central courtyard, with a fountain along the exterior wall, all surrounded by a guest bedroom, the kitchen and the living area. The baths are trapped, but I’m told a thing called a cubo de aire will do the trick, an alcove with plantings, allowing a shaft of light and air from above.
The kitchen is not part of an open floor plan because I’m guessing I’ll need walls for shelves or cabinets. The center island might have bar stools, though, to entertain visitors. The big flaw here is that the kitchen already a beautiful, large chimney, which is probably where the “living area” is. So I can see already I have big revisions.
This might be my Mr Blandings moment, but it’s something I had to get out of my system before hiring a real architect. This took me two days and I still don’t know where to put stairs to the second floor. I just need one more en suite bedroom and a terrace to catch the breeze, so I’ll be building up at the rear of the main structure. Suggestions, please!