Thursday, May 15, 2008

Here Comes the Neighborhood!

The first home, nearly complete. It is missing only it's doors and after that, toilets and faucets (things that can be stolen if installed before the doors). Porch and living room on the left, kitchen in the middle and bathrooms on the right.

It's a beautiful sight! The first four homes are nearing completion! It's only the fine details left, which are slowly, but surely being taken care of. And thanks to some wonderful recent contributions, we're starting to negotiate for the next group.

A view of the first home from the entrance road (with a fair amount of zoom).

There are some changes we are making to the houses in an effort to maintain or decrease costs as prices continue to rise around the world with the cost of oil. Decreasing the amount of rebar used, simplifying the roof structure and decreasing the size of some of the rooms are all good candidates in the conversation right now. One of our highest priorities, however, is still to maintain a good quality home.

An area that recieves a lot of rain runoff gets a layer of gravel.

In the meantime, we are also working on the elevated water tank, potable water distribution system, roads (hopefully before the rain gets really bad!!!), septic system and bringing electricity from the highway into the housing area.

An unzoomed look at the first two of the homes. The other two that have been built are a bit downhill behind these.

1 comment:

Leah said...

What a milestone! Yippee! Do a little dance, kick your heals and then pat yourself on the back. The houses look great. I love the roofline.