Monday of next week and the roof comes off La Kiva. It has been a long time coming but we are finally getting some action. I am not criticizing anyone or claiming anyone has been dragging their feet. It has just taken this long to finalize a plan and get all the players to the table at the same time. After careful inspection we decided to remove the whole roof, over the entire bar area, right down to the vigas. Yeh. I had to look it up too. It’s a roof beam that protrudes through an exterior wall, pueblo style.
I don’t want to have to redo the roof again so we are doing it right. We are also going to put more insulation up there so that we can stay warm in winter and cool in summer.
To make sure that we eliminate as many leaks as possible we are severely restricting the roof penetrations. In many cases there are other solutions to bringing things into the building other than making holes in the roof. Skylights are a good example. Every single one of the existing skylights leaks or has leaked in the past. They are gone. The swamp cooler on the roof, well, at times the swamp used to leak even when it wasn’t raining. It’s gone. Ditto the gas lines. I am sure you get the idea.
As we are also replacing the electrics, yup, all of them. We are taking the opportunity of the roof being off to run new cables. That will result in super new features like ceiling fans and lights by which to read a menu. It should be good.
This would be a good time to share some images of La Kiva as it has been for a lot of years because this is where the big changes begin. I have been trying to keep a digital record of what we do, as we do it. Here are a few I thought you might enjoy. Any of you who enjoyed a shower at La Kiva (many of them involuntary) will appreciate the pictures of the roof in particular. The others are just for fun.
The iconic roofline of La Kiva has to be seriously modified. The rocks along the northern edge of the facade are to be removed. To the right of them is a roofline that represents the mountains in the distance (pretty much the part over the door). That too has to come down. Age and poor design have left it vulnerable to the ravages of the weather and it must be removed to allow the new roof to be installed. I seem to remember Gil telling me, a long time ago (try thirty years), that the false front on La Kiva represented the actual mountains in the background. I need to figure out exactly what represented what and then reproduce it the way Gil did. When I have made sense out of it we will make a new one. I think that I will wrap up this week with a picture of the cave room that should explain a lot.
While we were messing about in the Cave Room I tested the accoustics. Wow. It may not be an anechoic chamber but it’s pretty damn good. Stuff thirty warm bodies in there and it is almost perfect. No wonder musicians love it.
Now to close. Wish us good luck and fine weather for the next few days as the roof comes off tomorrow. The weather forecasters say we have 0% chance of rain in the next ten days. I just hope they are right. That would be great unless you are relying on a catchment system and you just got your tanks delivered, in which case, sorry for you but yay for us.