The eclectic roof line of La Kiva.  Soon to be changed dramatically, well at least for a while.

The La Kiva Retrospective.

 

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.

 

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This is to remind us why we are here. This is our home in Wisconsin and was taken a few days after we returned from our winter in Texas. 2nd of May 2013.

 

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This piece of roof is supposed to have shingles. Time and the Texas sun took care of that.
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Corrugated iron does not normally wave around like this. The roof detritus is of varied types some of it must have mystical meaning because its actual function is unknown. The stacks of bright red crates for example. Or the rocks.
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In determining the location of the leak we discovered a whole bunch of other pipes of unknown purpose. Some were abandoned and some not. The tricky part was discovering which was which. Thanks to my very able associate, who also has an English accent, for his able endeavours in unravelling the mystery and fixing the problem.
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This picture is on its side but I have tried looking at it right way up and it is still ugly. This is the compressor for the beer cooler. The one that produces the warmest beer in Terlingua. Take a long look because it will soon be history.
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The roof over the outside bar. Let the picture speak for itself for it is far more eloquent than am I.
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Josie demonstrating that parts of the floor are unconsolidated sediments (that means a pile of sand) and others are like concrete, in fact they are concrete. That is why the floor must come up. It also provides access to fix the plumbing and lay new electrics. It becomes a no brainer. You spoke up and an overwhelming majority wanted concrete. Well so be it, but dammit, if you don’t want my tiles you are at least going to have good concrete. That means stuff you can’t excavate with a spoon.

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.

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La Kiva is waiting in the Cave Room. These are some of the items that have been moved to safe storage while the heavy stuff goes on.  We don’t want any broken artefacts.

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.

 

5 thoughts on “The La Kiva Retrospective.”

  1. If you’re going to do it, do it right. La Kiva is going to be an incredible place to visit. Can’t wait. (Please be careful on that roof.)

  2. HI, I LIVE IN NORTHWEST ARKANSAS. GLENN WAS MY COUSIN. I DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT LA KIVA UNTIL AFTER HIS DEATH. IT IS TO MY SHAME THAT I DIDN’T KEEP UP WITH MY FAMILY, BUT I CAN’T CHANGE THAT, SO I WILL WATCH TO SEE IF YOU FOLKS CAN KEEP HIS SPIRIT AT LA KIVA .
    I RECENTLY MET SOME FOLKS THAT ARE NEW HERE. WE WERE TALKING ABOUT TEXAS, AS I AM TEXAS BORN AND WANTED TO KEEP UP WITH MY HOME STATE. TERLINGUA CAME UP, AND ONE OF THE GROUP SAID, “IF YOU EVER GET BACK THERE, YOU’VE GOTTA GO TO LA KIVA!” IT FLOORED ME. HE HAD BEEN THERE SEVERAL TIMES AND LOVED IT. I HAD TO TAKE A MOMENT TO CATCH MY BREATH. HE HAD KNOWN MY COUSIN, GLENN. IT REALLY IS A SMALL WORLD, BUT I STILL WOULDN’T WANT TO PAINT IT.
    SOMETIMES IT IS NICE JUST TO KNOW THAT GLENN MADE PEOPLE HAPPY.
    I WOULD LIKE TO THINK THAT I WOULD BE ABLE TO TRAVEL THERE AND FIND A FEW PIECES OF MY FAMILY’S HISTORY.
    GOD BLESS.
    MIKEL. #/;0)~

  3. This is a beautiful, practically sacred undertaking. Blessings from Austin. I’m waiting for the grand re-opening and if I have to skateboard there I’m going to make it. That place has meant so much to me over the years.

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