Monday, March 19, 2012

I was wondering about the doorways...

The newly remodeled arched doorway
I asked Arturo to take some photos of the new arch in the first room as well as the door on the other side of the room. I was worried that having a rectangle doorway as well as an arch in the same room would look a little 'funny'. Originally Roger said that he would be removing the doors of the rectangle opening to use for one of the front doors as well as to copy it for the second (to be reopened) front door. Now Arturo said that he will refinish this first door and make two copies so the door will be put back as seen on the photos, as well as be used as the front doors. So what do you think? Are the two different doorways OK? I'm not sure we can do anything about them but I'd like some opinions! 
The rectangle doorway in the same room

You can see both doorways in this view


The area where the stuff is stacked is in front of the second front door which is to be reopened




Window is closed


The center window has now been closed and the second door will be opened

Here is what the new facade should look like, but the colors will be different!





12 comments:

  1. I think you will be fine with the doors they way they are. When you look at old houses around Yucatán, you see that many have a mix of arched and rectangular doors, and it looks fine. It's also traditional. Looking good...

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    1. Makes sense! I think we may end up having the doors closed most of the time. I did want to have the older front of the house as much original as we could leave it. Thanks for taking the time to comment.

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  2. You don't want things too matchy-matchy and predictable. I love the combination! I can't wait to visit.

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    1. Kind of like matching my shoes to my purse.... I never was one to be matchy-matchy. Makes me feel better, thanks Lee! BTW, when will you start your house redo?

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  3. nope, I'd want them both the same, and I am not a matchy matchy person. That said, as I sit here at my dining room table and look at my sala there are 4 arched top doors, and 2 square top doors and I never gave it a thought, in 6 years. So what do I know!

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    1. I wish I could photo shop it arched and see what it would look like! But you know I love those doors and it would break my heart not to have them! (there is no way to square off the arch just made)

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  4. The square entries look more correct (to me),but everyone who comes down here wants arches.They think it looks more Mexican.However, you will see a mix of styles in houses because people have added on over the years (centuries).
    My friend,MK, who has a gorgeous house (it is a part of a set of 3 identical houses)has square doors but they are at least 18 feet tall with transoms, etched glass, and carved door frames. I remember my grandparents' house in La Habana having similar doors and that house was 1800's too....The Casa de Montejo has square doors inside and arches outside, I think, and it was truly a colonial building (1560?)
    It really is a matter of what you want.
    Our doors inside the house are all square but we put arches on our terraza. Of course, our house is no where near as grand as yours. We mostly just restored what was already there.
    Anyway, I am rambling, you should do what you want, unless you are restoring historical to it's original look, it doesn't matter.You only see one wall at a time right?
    regards,
    Theresa

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  5. Yea, I do only see one wall at a time, but the doors are on the same wall! Carlos is from Puerto Rico and I think that they mostly use rectangle doors and arches outside... Our house really won't be that grand... it only has two bedrooms! I think it's the arched promenade that makes it look so big. (but I did try to get lots of storage areas like walk in closets and a walk in pantry to keep the cluttered look at bay! BTW, I love your blog!

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  6. Pat Q, I forgot to tell you how much I liked the new facade! The arched promenades are what really make houses here so livable. If I was doing our house again, I would have put in a bigger terraza. I'm glad to hear you like my blog.
    regards,
    Theresa

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  7. Looking great Pat and Carlos. The two different doors don't bother me at all. I'm assuming that something large will be on the wall between the two doors. That should be a focal point for the room and will take your eyes away from the doors, which are simply portals into another room.

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