at least i think it’s day 126? i hope no one out there is checking my work. counting was never my strong suit, just ask my second grade teacher.

so if there’s been a word to describe the last few weeks at the house, it has to be “mechanical.” every day now when i arrive it’s nearly impossible to park in front of the place because pickups line both sides of the street. we’ve had hvac, plumbing and electrical all going simultaneously, all in an effort ┬áto finally (finally!) get the roof done. though the roof is completely framed out, and has been for awhile, everything that penetrates it (plumbing vents, air conditioning ducts, etc.) has to be in place before we can actually put the roofing on and get it all sealed up. my fingers are crossed that it might happen by the end of next week (feel free to cross yours as well).

in the meantime, a few progress photos for your perusal. disfruta bien!

tunneling plumbing channels into what will be our master bath. the plumbers were doing their best mole impressions.

tunneling plumbing channels into what will be our master bath. the plumbers were doing their best mole impressions.

and a few more into what will eventually be the guest bath.

and a few more into what will eventually be the guest bath.

we had to put in an all new sewer line (the only existing one dated to the 30s, and it was clay, shared with the neighbors.) here they are digging the new trench down the front.

we had to put in an all new sewer line (the only existing one dated to the 30s, and it was clay, shared with the neighbors.) here they are digging the new trench down the front of the house.

look closely and you'll see the new ductwork above the ceilings. pretty exciting!

look closely and you’ll see the new ductwork above the ceilings. pretty exciting!

this was yesterday when i was there. the electricians pulling a huge line of conduit into the ceiling from a giant spool on the ground. looks like we might actually have power one of these days.

this was yesterday when i was there. the electricians pulling a huge line of conduit into the ceiling from a giant spool on the ground. looks like we might actually have power one of these days.

in case you've ever wondered how you get power into an adobe wall: you channel. the wires will get laid into the wall itself and then we'll mud back over the channels.

in case you’ve ever wondered how you get power into an adobe wall: you channel. the wires will be placed into the wall itself and then we’ll mud back over the channels.

but it hasn't been all fun with mechanical. in the back corner of this photo is what was the one bathroom on the property (it was added in the 1980s), halfway torn down. this is the only area where we're changing the house's footprint, expanding it by a few feet in two directions to make a decent-sized pantry.

but it hasn’t been all fun with mechanical. in the back corner of this photo is what was the one bathroom on the property (it was added in the 1980s), halfway torn down. this is the only area where we’re changing the house’s footprint, expanding it by a few feet in two directions to make a decent-sized pantry.

the wall going back up between chris's study and the guest house kitchen.

the wall going back up between chris’s study and the guest house kitchen.

prepping the base for the wall going back up in the zaguan.

prepping the base for the wall going back up in the zaguan.

finally: a glimpse into the maw. this is the adobe mixer, which has still been going strong. not sure what the count is right now on how many adobes have been made at those, but it's at least 600, and we may even be pushing 1000.

finally: a glimpse into the maw. this is the adobe mixer, which has still been going strong. not sure what the count is right now on how many adobes have been made at the house, but it’s at least 600, and we may even be pushing 1000.