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Casita and bathroom exterior Preserved Royal Palm Kitchen exterior
Casita and bathroom exterior Preserved Royal Palm Kitchen exterior
Kitchen interior Casita rear view Casita interior with garden view
Kitchen interior Casita rear view Casita interior with garden view
View through bedroom toward bathroom New bathroom entrance from bedroom View from Master Bath to Master Bedroom
View through bedroom toward bathroom New bathroom entrance from bedroom View from Master Bath to Master Bedroom
Overview of Master Bath Water tower and well preserved in new bathroom Shower and tub detail
Overview of Master Bath Water tower and well preserved in new bathroom Shower and tub detail
Tub detail Shower tower and storage Old well preserved
Tub detail Shower tower and storage Old well preserved
 
 

Private home on Calle 64, Colonia Centro, Mérida

At first glance, the program for this private home near Parque Santana seemed simple: convert a large bedroom into a modern kitchen; and significantly enlarge the bathroom of the Master Suite. But as the project evolved, other challenges presented themselves.
 
Most problematical was the fact that a Royal Palm – just outside the Master Bedroom – occupied considerable space in the area that was to become the enlarged bathroom. It was such a beautiful, healthy and established specimen that it seemed obvious to everyone that it had to be spared. Similarly, in the same area, an ancient water storage tank begged to be salvaged for its historic value. But how to incorporate these two massive objects into the new plan?
 
The designers also took on some other challenges that presented themselves during the design phase. A tiny detached casita toward the rear of the property had been reprogrammed for use as a music studio and overflow bedroom. But the room was very dark and claustrophobic – not conducive to the owners’ creative urges. In addition, while the crumbling stucco of the entire lateral facade had its romantic appeal, it was highly vulnerable to water damage and therefore posed a threat to the structural integrity of the house.
 
The final plan solved each challenge and resulted in a new unified look for the home. A colored cement guardapolvo (wainscoting) added color, interest and unity to the formerly stark exterior façade while protecting the walls against the elements. The casita was joined to the main house, and it was enlarged and visually opened by removing the rear wall and installing an iron and glass extension. A simple zig-zag plan of iron and glass windows/doors in the new Master Bathroom provided a vista of the garden from the Master Bedroom while preserving the old growth Royal Palm. The water storage tank was converted into a shower, both preserving a historic element of the home and referring to its former usage. And the old well still serves as a source of water for the pool and garden, while now being an aesthetic focal point of the new Master Bathroom.
 
 
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