Phase 2 is underway

New front entrance. The doors are made of perota wood, which is beautiful and resistant to termites.

The second phase of our home renovation has begun. All doors and windows have been replaced and the front entrance has been transformed from black metal sliding glass doors to a standard double door with side panels that open to let the breezes through. The fixed panels are now etched glass with a pattern that matches the windows in the new master bathroom.

Here’s the old front entrance. Sliding glass doors. A friend came to see us once and said, “You don’t have a proper front door.” Now we do.

Now we can start painting the house inside and outside, which is the second half of Phase 2.

Interior painting should begin by early September. We have chosen a nice neutral color that looks great with our artwork and rugs. The guest suite will be a nice light teal color with darker teal trim. We’re still debating about a color for the master bedroom.

Exterior painting, a nice light blue with white trim, will have to wait until rainy season is over. That’s probably early November. So we hope Phase 2 will be over by Christmas.

We had several of these around the house, trying to decide which color to use. We went with the big square on the right for the living/dining area and the office. The exterior will be very similar to the small blue square, upper right.

What’s next? Probably landscaping. We have a lot to do in the front because all the large plants were removed for the addition of the new bathroom. We also need to redesign the front patio and move the fountain, which right now is in an awkward place directly in front of the main door. Plants in the back are badly overgrown, so we need to look at that too. At some point, I’m hoping to renovate the office area, which doubles as the family room, or TV room. Phase 3 certainly won’t happen until 2022.

More photos below. Hasta luego!

The guys had trouble getting the old doors removed, so they ended up working pretty late to get everything installed for us.
New front entrance from the inside. More privacy, classier look.

11 thoughts on “Phase 2 is underway

  1. Looks amazing!!!
    Glad to see you’re both doing well! We have a new pup. His name is Hunter. He’s an Australian shepherd mix and 8 months old now. So much fun and a lot of work! Christopher is finishing up Auto tech school and he also works at an auto shop in Naperville. Life is good here! Miss you both.

    Take care and stay well. ❤️
    Love Zdenka

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  2. Rehab is looking great. Love the entrance. Hoping you are both well. All good here. We also have a new pup, Bordoodle named Rory and a new great grandson named Jaxson who is 1 month old. Both are a great addition to our family. Heading to Naperville mid August to see friends and visit a place we loved. Good hearing from you. Blessings, Joyce n Jack

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  3. Totally blown away by your creativity and energy! I like the fountain, welcoming, unless it would ruin my hair do. a small sprinkle would be inviting. So want to visit you. maybe in 2022.
    Take care.

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  4. Your place looks beautiful. Certainly took a lot of thought and planning.

    Sorry I missed seeing you. Linda said you looked really well.

    Many blessings,

    Bill

    On Mon, Jul 26, 2021 at 5:57 PM Ex-pats in Mexico wrote:

    > Ex-pats in Mexico posted: ” New front entrance. The doors are made of > perota wood, which is beautiful and resistant to termites. The second phase > of our home renovation has begun. All doors and windows have been replaced > and the front entrance has been transformed from black met” >

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