Friends of mine are moving to Israel for a few years. They will be living in a newly built house during that time. Although they are living in a relative safe area, the houses are built to withstand an assault. Here are some interesting things to note about the construction (and a few pictures).
- The house has an alarm system.
- Some windows have a metal shutter system. Others have a roll down protection system.
- The windows and doors all appear to be heavy duty in design and made of metal.
- According to my friend, “By law, every new house in Israel has to have a security room – lockable from inside and airtight.”
- “All houses and building here are made out of concrete – this is good for shelling protection as well as taking advantage of cooling.”
- “This means all interior walls are also concrete.”
- “I think they simply tile everything they want tiled, then smooth the walls with plaster and paint it.”
Interesting how a constant threat of a terrorist attack dictates the building materials and design of housing. I assume that there aren’t a lot of McMansions there either.
Side of the house. Nothing too unusual looking here
Safe room. I guess you fill it full of important papers, food and guns
Metal security shutters. Where can I get these in the US?