You know the old adage that a battle plan rarely survives first contact with the enemy, well our version is that our construction plan hasn’t survived contact with the designer. Three weeks into our remodel of La Corona and the designer quit in a huff. Apparently he didn’t react well to my less than diplomatic request for the plans we were paying for. He sent us an email quitting and then refused all contact. And before you say its “Mexico,” this guy is a Gringo.
This caused considerable panic. Isidro’s crew is building so fast that we thought he’d be forced to stop all progress while we found a new architect. I was sick with fear as we loved the X-Designer’s taste. Now who was going to do the design? I was also 1500 miles away and couldn’t really help KR much.
Sometimes what goes around, comes around, and we started to get help. First up, Isidro said we would be OK without Mr. X. He introduced us to an Architect who was both familiar with the project and close to Isidro. We agreed to sign him up as our new architect.
Then Chuck Angyal came to the rescue. Chuck, as you may remember, is a leading architect in San Diego and the originator of La Corona’s design concept. He was in town and met with Isidro and the new architect. His report from the meetings, “Everything’s cool Fred! You don’t need the Horse’s Ass.”
Then I was having lunch with my friend Raphael Bertolus, who is a creative/construction consultant to very high end residences here in Los Angeles. He took pity on me and agreed to fly down to PV to help Karen and I sort this out! Moreover, in a Skype-enabled creative design session, he and Karen seemed to seen eye-to-eye on the creative execution.
Suddenly, all seemed well. The birds were chirping. The children were playing in the street. Lilly went back to sleep.
All the while Isidro keeps building…