Sunday, May 03, 2009

Construction...

Before we went to the states, they started tearing down the house next door ... since houses here touch walls, our wall was somewhat exposed when they tore down the house next door... sooo... when it rained, our walls would get wet... That's why Our Wall fell apart not too long ago... ANYWAY, they finally started building the house next door... This might be boring for some of you, but building houses over here is VERY different than building in the states... There's one BIG thing missing... but we'll get to that...
First, they got rid of all the debris and started to dig... it was fun to watch - I felt like I was watching an archaeological dig... they kept uncovering random brick formations!
They kinda gave up on some of the brick formations and just left them and started to make the support beams. These beams our made out of rebar and have a pretty solid concrete & rebar base.
This is the guy that was in charge of the begining part of the construction. He's from a state below us that is very colorful and fun!
OK, so the missing thing... When you build a house in America, after getting the ground ready, the very FIRST thing you do is build the foundation - right??
Well, here, with this house, they DIDN'T BUILD A FOUNDATION!! Instead, they got a bunch of sticks (that were all about the same lengh) and used them to prop up a make-shift floor made of metal plates... You can see this in the picture below. There is a very small wall that was built, and the support beams, but other than that - nothing sturdy to build a floor on....
Really! Look!
So... THEN, they started pouring the concrete for the 2nd floor!!... WITHOUT A FOUNDATION!! There isn't even a first floor! Does anyone else think that's weird??
So, then they started building the 3rd floor...
Currently they're building the 5th floor and there's still no foundation - the whole house is still standing on those sticks!!! It's pretty crazy to me. We do live in an earthquake zone... that doesn't seem earthquake-proof to me!! Crazy!

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Carrie said...

Ummm I'd be afraid to walk in - best yet live - in that house... I mean those sticks weren't even straight! Curious to see the rest of the build!

Erin G said...

that would scare me too! even houses here that are built on pile-ons (is that how you spell it?), like beach houses and stuff, are WAY studier than those sticks, and I think they're usually set in a foundation themselves. crazy!

Della said...

So how many floors in your house? Is your wall holding up any of the other house? Very interesting.

Roberts said...

I bet most of the houses are built that way, huh? But they seemed to hold up well enough during the earthquake when our girls were just babies...interesting!

allhisblessings said...

Oh my goodness, they're serious... So what about your house? Does it have a foundation?

SouthAsiaRocks said...

I have no idea if our house has a foundation or not. We live on the 2nd floor of a 3 story building... we won't live in a building bigger than that probably... just doesn't seem safe :)
Our walls don't hold up other houses (which is good)... but they do help to keep the house cooler!!

alwaysjoyfuldejs said...

Wow! That makes our construction problems seem to pale in comparison. While I know our buildings aren't constructed to the highest earthquake-proof standards either, I haven't observed the sticks. What's annoying, though, is that when the build an apt they don't finish the insides. We're talking concrete floors and walls with no electric or plumbing. So, when someone buys a unit, there is drilling and jack hammering for months with lots of shared noise. Since we were one of the first people to move into our building, I guess you can imagine the near-constant sounds... Archie's getting to be a sleeping pro - HAHA!

SouthAsiaRocks said...

oh wow! Thats crazy!!!

Deanna said...

Now that is AMAZING...and not in a good way.

Kelly Elmore said...

Looks like construction in Kenya!!

gloria said...

I'm still not believing that!
Didn't they read the story about the 3 little pigs?