June Donaldson and Edward Garry live at an altitude of 2,600 metres in Mosoj Llajta, Yotala, 20 minutes from the colonial city of Sucre in Bolivia, South America. Using earth and stones from the land, we have sculpted beautiful buildings which compliment the high desert landscape and incorporate creative and innovative elements of design.

We have designed a high quality hotel in Sucre for guests who want to get off the treadmill of travelling from city to city in South America. At Sky Hacienda you can dictate your own timing and choose how to enjoy your stay, whether it is doing very little or exploring the best that the Andes in Bolivia has to offer.

17 November 2010


Excavating the pool may have seemed premature, but it gave us sufficient earth to finish all the adobe floors in the Roundhouse.

We needed to get the floors completed so that we could move into part of the house, instead of the daily commute from Sucre.

The next layer was installed in each room and crosshatched to take the final finishing layer.

The final finishing layer was hand polished using a stainless steel float to remove any cracks. Ed had read up on this technique when studying polished concrete and it worked well with the adobe.

3 coats of boiled linseed oil were applied, all of which needed time to dry and then a coating of wax to seal and waterproof the floors.

Luckily we found a floor polisher for sale in Sucre, which made life considerably easier.

The final result was beautiful - like old shiny leather.

Our new floors were so comfortable to walk on with bare feet and so warm.

It had been a lengthy process to achieve the finished effect, but well worth it.

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