A look At How Houses Are Built In Israel

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

north side yard

Safe room. I guess you fill it full of important papers, food and guns

safe room

Metal security shutters. Where can I get these in the US?

secuirty shutters


So Much For The No Rigs Ordinance

The Rio Rancho City Council overturned a recently enacted Ordinance that banned tractor trailers from parking in residential areas.

On Wednesday, Jan. 24, about a dozen truck drivers attended a City Council meeting to speak out against an ordinance that had been approved the week before. It prohibited tractor-trailers from parking on residential lots in Rio Rancho.

Many of the drivers argued that before purchasing houses in Rio Rancho, they had checked with the city to make sure they could park their rigs at their homes. Others said they had surveyed their neighbors, and found that many were surprised by the city’s decision to enact such an ordinance.

Personally I’m not sure what to make of it. I’ve seen the rigs parked around Rio Rancho and they do take a lot of room and don’t look that great. They shouldn’t be around for very long, since the truckers make their money by being on the road, not parking the truck.

Giant Gas Pipe Busted In Rio Rancho

I drove home tonight to the smell of natural gas. Apparently, while working on the Rio Rancho Unser road improvements, construction workers broke through a 16 inch (16 inch!) natural gas pipe. As of 7pm tonight, there were some mandatory evacuations.

I assume that houses in lower valleys are being evacuated.

My First Scorpion


In the ten years I’ve lived in New Mexico I’ve heard about people finding scorpions in their houses. I’ve never seen any, not in my house or even outdoors. I was quite surprised to see this guy out in the open, in the middle of the night.

I don’t think this particular scorpions is unusually large or small, seems to be about average from what I have seen. I gotta admit, it’s got me a little jittery. I know all the clutter I have around here just provides a place for critters like this to live. There’s one other thing that I haven’t seen that others have, centipedes. As long as I find them before they find me.

House Hunting Week 5

Houses seemed to dry up this week, as I only had one prospect

This house was overpriced by about $20K. It had been bought by an investor and fixed up, but it was done somewhat half-assed. Its land was too small anyways.