Photo Friday: House and Home
Rather than give you pictures of our delightful Lima casa, I wanted to share with you how homes are built in our corner of the City of Kings.
In the States, homes go up rather quickly. A foundation is laid, lumber is made into frames, drywall is used to make walls, the roof is put on, wiring and plumbing are laid, and voila! a house is created and ready to be sold.
Okay, I grant you that I may have skipped a few steps in the above itinerary, but you have the idea that a house built in the States follows a predictable pattern.
In our neighborhood, I have had the pleasure of watching a house being built from the ground up.
Day 144 – December 13, 2011
The construction on this lot has been going on for about a month before I thought to grab my camera and start a series of photos about the construction taking place. Instead of wood and drywall, the walls (as with most non-slum housing in Lima) of this house are going to be constructed with concrete.
For that, you need a steady supply of cement trucks and rebar to act as the skeleton for the concrete.
Day 229 – March 7, 2012
Once the concrete is poured and set, wooden supports are used to keep the concrete from sagging under its own weight.
Day 289 – May 6, 2012
With the wooden supports taken away, construction on the other aspects of the house can begin. I wish I knew what those other aspects are because, as of this writing, the shell of the house remains as you see it in this photo from three weeks ago.
At some point, I’m sure, the house will be completed. Until that time, it remains a house and not a home.