An interesting day, the main objective of this has been to know the constructive techniques for housing in the United States.
The instruction has been good, and I hope to write little by little in the measure of my time, in this case I want to focus on my perception of the gringo style.
Hispanics have great cultural differences with Americans, the case of housing construction is an example
For us, buying a house is more a basic need, very associated with the family, and it is common for the young man who finished his university to marry and together with his partner will seek a house or build it to be with his children the rest of their lives or at least as far as possible. (About us, I'm talking about the Mesoamerican environment in general)
In the case of Americans, the house is a status, rather than a necessity. They prefer to rent to have a house in an urbanization (subdivision) where their lifestyle does not go.
The construction of our houses is closely associated with the surrounding materials and safety conditions. That's why we use aggregates a lot, such as brick, concrete block, mortar and reinforced concrete. We close our land with a strong wall that protects us from criminals, and we make sure that the car is inside, if possible we use serpentine mesh or electricity ... and the more silver you have, the higher the wall.
They do not, barely use a fence (fence) of wood only on the back of the ground (yard) but in front they are more interested in seeing its green grass. Your car is in the footprint of Garage, little use this and inside is a warehouse where they store everything they do not need.
Its materials are light, wood, fiber cement and chingle. Their needs are crazy for us, the air conditioning is an obligation and they have it on the 24 hours, everything has insurance that covers it and high standards of neighborhood that respect. Do not neglect the lawn, do not have cars in the yard, if you go with your dog down the street and pupú, take out a special bag bought in Wallmart and pick it up ... rules as well.
It has been very interesting to see that they think about us, they do not like our customs that we take to their cities. We have toured different suburbs and urbanizations where there are many Latinos (although they call Mexicans all those who speak Spanish) and it is a reality that they can not avoid. Latinos have made fences breaking their traditions, we have cars in poor condition parked in front and as we live many in a house, we have the yard full of $ 700 cars. Not that this is bad, but it is a pity to see garbage in the streets, clothes lying in the fence and a sound system with which you can torture even Freddy Krugger.
We have been in the area of people of color (without being racist, they are black) and also the area of high added value of Houston. We also passed through the street where Jorge Bush lives in the area known as Memorial.
There are few conclusions I can draw, the first is that the Americans are crazy (the majority). A person who builds 3,500 square feet, for which he will pay 950 a thousand dollars and where only two people will live ... ah, and a dog, all for making a lifestyle, and once every two months invite their friends to eat sausages in the patio, drink some beer and tell very bad jokes ... he's crazy. I am sure you do not have the slightest idea that in a mountain in Central America there is a house built with leftover wood, with a tile roof, two rooms where 7 people live and who survive with $ 60 per month ... or less.
True, they are different cultures, in this case I am just making a comparison with the Mesoamerican area.
But apart from cultural shock, the training has been magnificent, know their construction techniques and how they have come to industrialize its process but are now in serious collapse by the global crisis.