Saturday, July 02, 2005

More work has been going on in other areas of the house besides tile.
  • Top left: the iron work was installed in the area next to the main entry.
  • Top right: the columns were installed at the entrance to the kids part of the house.
  • Bottom left: the water tower has been plastered and is now full of water.
  • Bottom right: another view of the entry room. Posted by Picasa


  1. What exactly goes in that water tower? (Well, water, I know...) But how does it work? I've never seen anything like that.

  2. Most of the people here in Libya put huge water tanks on the roofs of their houses. Unfortunatly, one of the problems with this is that it can leak or overflow and cause damage to the building.

    When we started building the house we decided to make a separate water tower. There is a water tank underground that hold the water and it is pumped to the water tank above. Gravity faciitates the use of water in the house as the tank is higher than the house.

    The water tower we built looks three stories tall, butin fact onlythe top part holds water. The bottom floor will be my laundry room nad the second floor will be a starage room for holding chemicals/insecticides that we use ont he farm. We decided to put them up there - safe out of reach of children (ours and visitors).

  3. Oh, I see... we always have them on the roof. I've never heard about damage from leaking, but since they're up there in the sun, there's no cold water for about half the year. If I want to wash clothes in cold water, I have to do it late at night or around fajr. And sometimes, to give the kids a bath, I run the water and it's scalding hot, so we have to wait for an hour until they can get in. Is it the same there?

  4. The water damage happens over time, most buildings here are made out of stone blocks that are some kind of sandstone. They act like a sponge, absorbing water over time.

    The water is hot here too during the summer. One advantage is that you can turn off the water heater and save a little on electricity.


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