house made of mud

rescuing a sonoran row house

closing in

first: i must offer my apologies. after we got back into town in ┬ámid-august, the rest of the month somehow flew by and then, yes, i started back in with architecture classes at the U of A (if anyone out there has ever been in architecture school, you will know that it’s a miracle i’m still upright, let alone doing blog posts). anyway, between that and trying to keep the contractors supplied with all of the fixtures, etc., they need to get their job done, life has been a challenge.

nevertheless, work has continued at our mud house apace. without further ado, a few updated images of the progress. these are in no particular order, and will no doubt not adequately convey all that’s happened in the past couple of months. hopefully, though they will tide you over until I can post again.

cheers for now,


Photo Aug 12, 9 07 37 AM

recycled brick in the zaguan-our main entryway.

Photo Aug 19, 8 10 20 AM

it’s gorgeous, isn’t it?

Photo Aug 19, 8 10 33 AM

and another view.

Photo Aug 19, 8 12 13 AM

concrete pavers are in now in most of the house!

Photo Aug 27, 2 03 14 PM

windows arrived!

Photo Sep 08, 7 47 32 AM

lime plaster is up on the exterior.

Photo Sep 08, 8 02 32 AM

our contractor keeps trying to get me rid of this pile of broken up concrete, but i’m clinging to the idea that we can somehow use it.

Photo Sep 24, 9 38 43 AM

wood flooring in the bedrooms! i’ll be painting these-going for a relaxed, old farmhouse type feel.

Photo Sep 22, 11 14 32 AM

the bathtub is back from the refinishers and looking fabulous. we originally found it in the house, all those many months ago.

Photo Sep 22, 9 27 14 AM

and, once you lime plaster, the next step is to lime wash. this is my tom sawyer picture. anyone want to help? it’s really fun.

Photo Sep 19, 11 29 19 AM

the furr out for the guest house kitchen wall. this is now covered over in drywall, as are almost all the other fur outs. we’ll cover them with earthen plaster so they blend.

Photo Sep 24, 10 04 46 AM

guest bath tub! it’s a tiny bathroom, but it’s going to be nicely outfitted.

Photo Sep 26, 9 12 18 AM

hexagonal cement tile going in in the guest bath (in front of the tub from the last photo. it’s even better than i’d pictured it.

Photo Sep 26, 9 12 39 AM

master bath with furr out almost sheathed. the shower will be on the right, and the tub about where it is now. we’re leaving some of the walls rough, as you can see to the left.

Photo Sep 26, 9 13 47 AM

some interior lime plaster in the living room area. i’m totally in love with the look and feel of it. note the wood floor going down as well.

and that’s all for the moment, folks. hope you’ve enjoyed!


  1. I am so glad you posted more photos. We *were* your neighbors (commented awhile back) but moved to Boston a month ago. We were so sad to leave before the beautiful house was completed so I am so glad I get to see an update here. Those hex cement tiles are incredible!
    You are doing such a fantastic job. Keep up the good work!

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