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An Affordable High-Design Vacation Home in Mexico

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By pooling their resources and giving their architect complete creative control, two busy Mexico City–based brothers built a high-design vacation home for just $70 per square foot.
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  Architect Joaquin Castillo blends inexpensive materials, the odd splurge, and 
a refined modernist sensibility to create an affordable weekend house for brothers Alfredo and Guillermo Oropeza. The facade is a juxtaposition of rough-hewn local stone, smooth concrete, glass, and steel—the material palette used throughout the structure.  Photo by: Mauricio AlejoCourtesy of: Mauricio Alejo
    Architect Joaquin Castillo blends inexpensive materials, the odd splurge, and 
a refined modernist sensibility to create an affordable weekend house for brothers Alfredo and Guillermo Oropeza. The facade is a juxtaposition of rough-hewn local stone, smooth concrete, glass, and steel—the material palette used throughout the structure.

    Photo by: Mauricio Alejo

    Courtesy of: Mauricio Alejo

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  On an idyllic afternoon, members of the Oropeza and Castillo clans splash in the backyard pool framed by Trex decking and outfitted with furniture by Móbica.  Photo by: Mauricio AlejoCourtesy of: Mauricio Alejo
    On an idyllic afternoon, members of the Oropeza and Castillo clans splash in the backyard pool framed by Trex decking and outfitted with furniture by Móbica.

    Photo by: Mauricio Alejo

    Courtesy of: Mauricio Alejo

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  Chef Alfredo Oropeza wanted the kitchen to be the heart of the house. By saving money on building materials elsewhere in the project, Castillo was able to indulge in cabinetry by Porcelanosa, bar stools by Ligne Roset, and a granite island, making this the crème de la crème of kitchens.  Photo by: Mauricio AlejoCourtesy of: Mauricio Alejo
    Chef Alfredo Oropeza wanted the kitchen to be the heart of the house. By saving money on building materials elsewhere in the project, Castillo was able to indulge in cabinetry by Porcelanosa, bar stools by Ligne Roset, and a granite island, making this the crème de la crème of kitchens.

    Photo by: Mauricio Alejo

    Courtesy of: Mauricio Alejo

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  Roche Bobois’s Agami sofa anchors the media room.  Photo by: Mauricio AlejoCourtesy of: Mauricio Alejo
    Roche Bobois’s Agami sofa anchors the media room.

    Photo by: Mauricio Alejo

    Courtesy of: Mauricio Alejo

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  Alfredo chops away in the kitchen, which features floor-to-ceiling sliding glass walls.  Photo by: Mauricio AlejoCourtesy of: Mauricio Alejo
    Alfredo chops away in the kitchen, which features floor-to-ceiling sliding glass walls.

    Photo by: Mauricio Alejo

    Courtesy of: Mauricio Alejo

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  The house is oriented toward the expansive backyard, where the family spends 80 percent of its time. Alfredo’s wife Lorena, son Lorenzo, nieces Camila and Valentina, and Castillo’s daughter, Regina, hang out by the pool—the focal point of Transepto’s restrained landscape design.  Photo by: Mauricio Alejo
    The house is oriented toward the expansive backyard, where the family spends 80 percent of its time. Alfredo’s wife Lorena, son Lorenzo, nieces Camila and Valentina, and Castillo’s daughter, Regina, hang out by the pool—the focal point of Transepto’s restrained landscape design.

    Photo by: Mauricio Alejo

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  Cocoyoc House Floor Plan
A Deck
B Pool
C Kitchen
D Bathroom
E Bedroom
F Dining room
G Living room
H Master bedroom
I   Media room  Photo by: Mauricio Alejo
    Cocoyoc House Floor Plan A Deck B Pool C Kitchen D Bathroom E Bedroom F Dining room G Living room H Master bedroom I Media room

    Photo by: Mauricio Alejo

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