The last few weeks at Casa Nana have been all about recycling. Check out the photo above. The one on the left was taken in July 2012, before construction began, and the other was taken last week. Same door, I’m thinking.
Last week was a milestone in the construction of our house in Mérida. After about 10 months of digging, demolition, renovation and construction we finally enter the era of doors and windows. Well, a door on a window. A single door was seen on a window that’s overlooks the interior courtyard from the living room. The door looks familiar. Let me go back to the pictures we took of the house as construction began.
Yes, there it is. The architects promised to recycle as much wood, iron and stone as they could from the original hundred-plus-year-old house. The wood has yet to be refinished.
Since I first set eyes on these typical wooden doors with little windows, I’ve been in love with this style. I think we almost bought what would have been the wrong house, just because the doors looked so great. Wood is expensive in Yucatán, so recycle when you can. Wouldn’t restored antique doors have more character anyway? So I don’t even know if it would have been cheaper to buy new doors. or not. I know the architect figured out it was a break-even proposition when we were deciding what to do with the old I-beams.
All the old doors from the old house are being put to use, and the architects are actually selling us their old doors, to add to the collection. We’re feeling lucky to have such good timing. We were able to incorporate a few of their old tiles as well. It’s a privilege to have some small pieces of their property brought into ours. When we finally spill the beans and disclose the names of the firm we contracted with, you’ll know what I’m talking about.
We’re still in Connecticut, and while we await an estimated completion date of sometime in November-Decemberish, worrying that the recent rains are slowing progress, last week the architect’s office sent pictures that were reassuring.
Here is an old door being stripped. The blue pail on the left keeps showing up in pictures, too. That’s what we brought the chicharrón in when we honored the crew for Día del Trabajo. Maybe that’s being recycled. too. If they don’t recycle it too much, it will go back to the kitchen at Technology Tourist Total.
And in the rear casita, where things get a little more contemporary, a slider was being put down for double-paned glass doors. We’re two blocks from La Plancha, and if Shakira ever returns, we’ll be glad for the double panes. A rooster over the wall inspired this little upgrade.
The house as we found it was a well-located blank slate on an ample piece of property. Nothing about it was particularly grand or dramatic, but there was more to be salvaged than I would have guessed.