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  1. I am interested in what you have learned about the design features of that contribute to general comfort in the climate and milieu - things like ceiling height, open floor plans (or not), orientation of the house, layout. So I am not looking for reminders about noise, neighbors car dependence etc. Having looked at many photos, I see lovely bright houses with lots of tall windows (which I suspect is expat, but also perhaps modern comfortably middle class Mexican style), and dark interiors (which I suspect is a traditional Mexican solution to heat and sun). One book I read mentioned poorly designed newer houses for the expat market (which I took to mean that expats want houses that incorporate features they are used too, even if not suited to the local climate and building materials)_. An example would be: shade on the south side of the house. Not: I would hate to not have a bathtub (though in fact I would hate to not have a bathtub!). FYI, we are planning an exploratory visit this summer. If we feel this is for us, I anticipate renting rather than buying, starting summer 2018. So right now, this all goes into the information hopper. But it's fun for me to speculate and learn more. I have already learned so much from comments on this board - like how much less storage space there is compared to most NOB houses built after about 1960. Thanks to all in advance, Elisabeth
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