house made of mud

rescuing a sonoran row house

all moved in

well. so it’s been awhile. my apologies–i do have excuses galore. first: we were MOVING. which was crazy, since we did most of it ourselves (if you’ve ever moved out of a 3200 sqft house, with a garage and shed, you’ll know what i mean). and then, once we’d moved–or, really, while we were moving–it was the holidays. after which i promptly fell ill for about three weeks. and after that, well, i realized as i was taking “after” photos that i’ve been rather reluctant to share them. even though the place has come so, so far, to me it feels like it’s still not photo-ready (you’ll note the lovely paper “curtains” still covering our windows).

but anyway. none of that is really valid for keeping everyone who’s followed this blog in suspense so long. i do hope to get some really nice photos taken (by someone who’s a much better photographer than i am!) once we actually have things like, you know, curtains, and once we truly get the furniture figured out and so on. but in the meantime–here you are. after!

before that, though, there’s one final thing I must do:  a huge, HUGE, shout-out to everyone who helped us bring our House of Mud back to life (bear with me, this is going to sound like the oscars for a minute). but here goes–our sincerest, sincerest thanks to: Kegan & Fe and everyone at The Architecture Company for their wonderful suggestions and drawing our plans;  Steven Hess, our structural engineer who made sure the walls would stay up; the Barrio Viejo Committee and the County Historical Board for their excellent guidance and encouragement; The Arizona State Historic Preservation Office for the same; the City of Tucson with all of its various and congenial approval offices and officers; Palo Verde electric for getting the lights on;  Steve Seidel plumbing for digging like moles through the heat of the summer to put in our pipes and other various plumbing accoutrement; the extra teams of masons and plasterers who helped bring the structure back to where it needed to be; Achilles Heating & Cooling for making sure we’ll be alternately toasty and cool; the folks up at the Canelo Project-Athena & Bill- for giving advice when needed; and David Yubeta for the same; our friend, architect and most excellent welder Jean Luc at Atelier Design for designing and making our gorgeous new gate, and to Paco, for helping him; Natasha at Originate for our beautiful, recycled paper countertops; Vicki at Benjamin Plumbing, who has to be the world’s most knowledgeable fixture maven; TEP, SW Gas and Tucson City Water for everything they did to get us much needed utilities; CG concrete for our lovely new sidewalks; and EcoSense landscaping for grading, grading and more grading. And huge thanks to EVERYONE in the neighborhood who’s been cheering us on. Truly, your words and encouragement have meant the world to us throughout this long, long process.

The biggest shout of all, however, goes to Oden Construction, our stalwarts. To all of the guys on the crew: Elias, Herman, Tino, Chris, Adolfito, Martine, Dan, Jessie, John, Misael, Gerald, James and everyone, though especially to Sean Oden, our site supervisor extraordinaire. You guys sweated it out in the heat and mud (lots and lots of mud) and we couldn’t be more grateful. And finally, to Randy Oden-owner of the company and our guiding source of wisdom on all things adobe. We would have been lost without you.

 

the zaguan.

the zaguan. note the father kino fig-given to us by our architects. we’ll plant it outside in a month or so.

looking into our little library from the zaguan. we'll have bookshelves built at some point.

looking into our little library from the zaguan. we’ll have bookshelves built at some point.

guest bedroom off the zaguan, opposite the library.

guest bedroom off the zaguan, opposite the library.

another shot of the guest room.

another shot of the guest room. our cats like it.

the living room. the "fireplace" is a place holder until we can get a real one installed.

the living room. the “fireplace” is a place holder until we can get a real one installed. (we just couldn’t decide where one should go during the planning process, so we’re living with the room for awhile.)

living/dining room looking the other way.

living/dining room looking from the library door.

living/dining from the other way.

living/dining from the other way.

looking into the kitchen from the living room.

looking into the kitchen from the living room. (sorry these are so murky-the light wasn’t the greatest!)

Photo Feb 16, 12 06 52 PM

another view of the kitchen.

Photo Feb 16, 12 06 42 PM

the norge is safely ensconced, and we even got it to work after something of a rocky start.

pantry. yes, that's a uhaul box still sitting there. ugh.

pantry. yes, that’s a uhaul box still sitting there. ugh.

bath opposite the guest bedroom. still in love with the tile.

bath opposite the guest bedroom. still in love with the tile.

our bedroom. it's hard to describe how fortunate we feel every morning, waking up in this space.

our bedroom. it’s hard to describe how fortunate we feel every morning, waking up in this space.

master bed from the opposite direction.

master bed from the opposite direction.

master bath, with refinished tub up and running.

master bath, with refinished tub up and running.

more master bath.

more master bath.

view of chris's study. he's pretty happy.

view of chris’s study. he’s pretty happy.

view of my study. someday i may actually get through all of those files. sigh.

view of my study. someday i may actually get through all of those files. sigh.

finally: a quick view of what has become our favorite part of the yard, our outdoor fireplace, aka the wood stove that was in the kitchen of the house when we found it. sitting there in the evening with a glass of wine and the sun going down behind the tucson mountains off to the west... that's when we know it was all worth it.

finally, a quick view of what has become our favorite part of the yard: our outdoor fireplace, aka the wood stove that was in the kitchen of the house when we bought it. sitting there in the evening with a glass of wine and the sun going down behind the tucson mountains off to the west–that’s when we really feel it was all worth it.

 

sayonara for now, all. as i mentioned earlier, i hope to post some professional photos at some point, though it’s hard to say when that will happen. and there’s the guest house–the guest house! i swear i’ll get some photos of it up too; it’s not quite sorted out yet. also, the tucson historical preservation foundation has already been asking when they can put the house on a home tour (not yet, demion!) so look for that in the relatively near future as well. if you haven’t done so already using the specific feeds button on the upper right of the site, you can subscribe to the blog to automatically get an email when there’s a new post.

my thanks to everyone who’s been following along here! it’s been quite the journey, and i hope you’ve enjoyed the updates as much as i’ve enjoyed giving them.

 

 

3 Comments

  1. RoshelleMonet@hotmail.com'
    Roshelle Stahl

    July 4, 2016 at 1:29 am

    So amazing! Such a great balance between upgrading/restoring/preserving.

  2. Adriennejflores@gmail.com'
    Adrienne Flores

    July 24, 2016 at 5:32 pm

    I went back to one of your posts titled, “the house juan pascale built”. In it you mentioned the house being passed over to Antonia Pascale, who is my maternal great grandmother. I don’t not know for sure if juan’s wife’s name was Antonia but his daughter was and eventually became Antonio Pascale-Miranda. My mother has many pictures of her mother, grandmother (antonia) and great grandfather (juan) while residing here. I realize you just overcame a mountain of projects involving this home so, whenever you’re ready we would love to share those with you. All the best!

    • Hello Adrienne,

      So sorry not to have written back sooner–I haven’t been paying a whole lot of attention to the blog as of late. Juan’s wife, as far as I know, was Antonia Pascale. And I would love to see your pictures sometime–especially if you happen to have any of the house. I’ll write to you by regular email in regards to them. Thanks so much for writing here.

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