or, in this case the big things, such as a roof! yes, yes, yes, yes: after a mere five months (filled with far too much rain, especially for the desert) we finally have a finished roof. and just in time for monsoon season, which should start anytime here now in tucson, too. yay! let it rain, rain, rain.

here’s an image. doesn’t it look spiffy? and watertight?

Photo Jun 21, 7 00 22 AM

in other mud house news: there’s been lots of progress on all fronts (hard to believe it’s been a few weeks since i uploaded anything–time sure flies), and here are a few snaps to prove it:

they've been continuing to put in the plumbing and other mechanical, which has meant major digging. walking around the site was a challenge for awhile.

they’ve been continuing to put in the plumbing and other mechanical, which has meant major digging. walking around the site was a challenge for awhile.

this was the side yard.

this was the side yard.

and this was the back yard. they were channeling to put in pipes for the hose bibs.

and this was the back yard. they were channeling to put in pipes for the hose bibs.

here's a corner of the kitchen. my stove will someday--someday--sit where that old wood burning stove is at the back of the photo.

here’s a corner of the kitchen. my stove will someday–someday–sit where that old wood burning stove is at the back of the photo.

the most fun, though, lately? doors. we added three pass-throughs in various parts of the house (to connect what were originally series of small apartments). fito was mostly in charge. he starts by scribing the outline into the wall, then chipping out above to insert a wood lintel on one side.

the most fun, though, lately? doors. we added three pass-throughs in various parts of the house (to connect what were originally series of small apartments). fito was mostly in charge. he starts by scribing the outline into the wall, then chipping out above to insert a wood lintel on one side.

here, he's got wood lintels inserted into both sides (after chipping out on the other side, too) and has started removing adobes.

here, he’s got wood lintels inserted into both sides (after chipping out on the other side, too) and has started removing adobes.

at one point he called me over to show me what he'd found on some of the old adobe bricks he was removing: dog prints left by some pooch over a century ago. pretty cool.

at one point he called me over to show me what he’d found on some of the old adobe bricks he was removing: dog prints left by some pooch over a century ago. pretty cool.

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here’s another doorway he was working on (this one between the library and chris’s study), halfway down.

and the original doorway, now all the way cut through. this one is between what will be our closet/laundry room and the master bath.

and the original doorway, now all the way cut through. this one is between what will be our closet/laundry room and the master bath.

Photo Jun 21, 7 05 15 AM

and while we’re in the vicinity of the master bath: note the plumbing (not to mention all of those electrical wires for the main house panel). might not look like much, but that is serious progress right there. we are all roughed-in and ready to go on all of the mechanical.

i've been having a bit of fun with planning. that sawhorse table represents what will be our kitchen island, and those lights will be hung above. i brought them over so we could make sure we placed the electrical where it needs to go.

i’ve been having a bit of fun with planning. that sawhorse table represents what will be our kitchen island, and those vintage lights will be hung above. i brought them over so we could make sure we placed the electrical where it needs to go.

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and: the cement tile has arrived! on the left is the black and white pattern for the master bath, while on the right is the patchwork pattern i have my fingers crossed is going to look fabulous in the guest house.

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the skylights are in now everywhere in the house. these two are in the guest bedroom, highlighting a wall with original, 1890s mud plaster.

Photo Jun 10, 12 23 08 PM

and another. maybe we should consider keeping the ladder? skylight to heaven?

Photo Jun 10, 12 23 14 PM

when we bought the place, this fireplace was filled with debris and covered in a layer of painted-on faux red brick. it’s now rebuilt and ready for some plastering.

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the wall on the right hand side of this photo is new–we relocated a doorway to make this straight shot of a hallway into the master bedroom beyond, and to create a new guest bath behind the wall. lookin’ good, methinks.

Photo Jun 21, 7 04 50 AM

and yes, in the master bedroom itself: floor joists! still a bit tough to walk over, but we’re getting there. it’s an improvement over the plumbing channels.

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finally: they have actually begun the process of re-mudding and then lime plastering the exterior. can’t wait to see it looking all pristine again. the next few weeks should be majorly fun. stay tuned.