Photo Friday: House and Home

The folks over and Photo Friday have offered up the theme of “House & Home” for their weekly photo challenge.

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.

Cement truck at Lima construction site

Needed: Lots of rebar and cement

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.

House under construction in Lima, Peru

Building a house with sticks

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.

House under construction in Lima, Peru

Good bones…as the architects would say.

At some point, I’m sure, the house will be completed. Until that time, it remains a house and not a home.


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Posted on May 29, 2012, in Peru, Photography and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. I’ve seen a few houses along beachfront property in SW Florida built this way. Like this one, they seem to be in a holding pattern for a long time after the wood supports are taken away.

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