A week ago we published a post about our friends Tony and Lauree’s Casa de murciélago. I realized that we did not post any pictures of the front of the house and showed very little of the work that Tony and Lauree have done to this point. So, last Saturday I rode out to get some more pictures to show some of the early steps the couple has taken to refurbish the old home.
As of Saturday their home looked like this from the road:
It is difficult to tell from the picture, but believe me that Tony and Lauree have done a LOT of work getting the house to this point.
The homes in San Clemente get water delivered by tanker truck and by a city water line that flows sporadically two or three days a week. Since the water is not dependable it is necessary to have a cistern where the city water can be stored and where water can be delivered in the (probable) event that the city supply line is insufficient.
Like everything that Tony undertakes, the refurbishing of the cistern was done to exacting standards. He and some workers dug out the old cistern and poured a concrete cistern large enough to hold an entire tanker truckload of water. Then Tony lined the entire interior of the cistern with tiles.
After the tiles were grouted and sealed, Tony and helpers poured a concrete cover to close off the cistern from the elements.
Tony and Lauree directed most of their early efforts into getting the dining and kitchen areas done. As we mentioned in the first post, Tony and Lauree are quite artistic, so the brickwork and stone flooring was all done with a flare. Here is what the completed floor in the dining area looks like.
Tony has been working on doing the brickwork on the breezeway wall. The breezeway will run along the bottom floor level with large windows on the sides and front along with the two main entry doors.
Most days Tony works alone, so he only mixes enough concrete for the day’s work. When he has extra soaked bricks or concrete left at end of a work day he uses it to further adorn the cistern.
He plans to top the entire cistern with brick and line the outer walls with stones.
Even the flooring outside the breezeway will be covered in bricks cut in geometric patterns.
The work will probably come along slowly as Tony is a perfectionist and prefers to work methodically doing high quality work. He proudly showed me the cornerstone brick that he created to record the date of construction.
It will be exciting to watch Tony and Lauree work to complete their dream home here where…
Life is good in Ecuador!