Getting the paint right is more difficult than the floor plan. Crazy as this might seem, KR and I have had more serious discussions, at higher blood pressure levels, about the color of various parts of the house than on most other things. We’ve almost come to blows on the difference between mustard yellow and orange yellow (Answer: it doesn’t matter since she doesn’t like either one), whether to put white trim around the windows (“You can do that with your next wife’s house!”) and whether the living room should be casual Mexican or more sophisticated gringo (still deciding).
Now before you snicker too much, what do you notice when walking into a room? The logical flow of the room or its color? Enough said. If color were the only issue we disagreed on, all things would be right with the world. ALL the surfaces and details seem important enough to fight over. This is crazy, of course, and leads to a US Congress-style design approach: grid lock and no progress.
Aside from colors, a lot of progress has been made since our last report. Major headlines are:
- KR moved back into the old master bedroom, using it as our temporary home. It’s really, really good to be home even if its only one room in the middle of a construction site.
- 99% of the outdoor spaces on the 3rd and 4th floors are done.
- All construction work has been done. We’re now into fit, finishes and colors.
- We put the Iron Duke in the garage for the first time and it fit!
- The pool works spectacularly….
Isidro looked me in the eye and said we’d be finished by November 1st. I couldn’t see if he had his fingers crossed behind his back : ) If true, it will be ten months of construction.
Here’s what La Corona looks like at the beginning of September.