The Story of La Chuparosa #3: A Musician Plays Architect
We didn’t jump right into building. We wanted to get to know Playa La Saladita better, and learn exactly what kind of place was needed and would do well. Also, we didn’t want to compete directly with the the local Mexican families who had been there for so many years.
After visiting on and off for a few years, I noticed that many surfers like me who were in Mexico with partners or family that didn’t surf were driving up from Troncones at dawn to surf the wave at Saladita. It occurred to me that if there were a place that was a bit more luxurious with a pool and more open private space, that these folks could enjoy being here full time and experience the laid back feeling that is Playa La Saladita without having to commute. This would also put us in a different price range, providing a different kind of service that wasn’t as much in competition with the places that already existed.
After doing a bunch of research and talking to people, there were two architects in the area that I thought did really great work. It ended up that one was very busy building hotels in Zihua and the other had a two year waiting list. Kind of bummed by that, I bought some books about Mexico beach architecture and studied them for a while. I realized that I knew which aspects really excited me and played with the idea of designing the place myself. As a youngster, architecture was something that interested me almost as much as music. I had been involved in a lot of different creative endeavors and figured that it was all about problem solving and making choices. You play the first note of music and then flow into what note would sound best after that. I got into playing around with Google Sketch Up, a simple 3D autocad type program and before I knew it I was in my music studio for hours each day playing with shapes and putting them together.
Whenever I was in Mexico I asked around about a contractor that could build a complex of several buildings and a pool and what the cost might be per square foot.
After several recommendations we were told about a guy named Rueben who was building a couple of houses up the beach and people had very good things to say about him. We arranged a time to meet him in Ixtapa at Señor Frog’s, wondering if this would be the man who we would trust to build our dream project…