Houses in Belize

7 05 2013

There are a wide range of houses in Belize, from those along Western Highway:







Those in Hopkins Beach:


Note that thatched roofs, while they do keep the rain out, attract scorpions….possibly a good motivation for a canopy bed in case one falls in the night, but I haven’t seen any canopy beds here.

This is a sampling of some houses across the way from us in Belmopan:

An Auburn fan might like this orange and blue one:


This one has a pretty travelers palm (which isn’t really a palm at all):


Some are living totally off grid – not taking in any city electricity, water, etc.


This house is using this solar water heater:


This is their Aquatron Treatment (biological composting) System with UV unit and rain water tank with the pump in the back.


Here’ a house in Placencia with a gorgeous garden and a Caribbean Ocean view:

How's this for a house garden?

Here are some of the larger houses of Belmopan.  One sits atop the rotary with a bougainvillea fence, lots of palms, and lovely views:


One nine story house has been in the process of being built for a family of 5 for the past 2 years:


For construction, Belizeans use branches for braces and scaffolding:


We’ve also noticed that many, many houses are built with cinder block and cement construction with steel beams for roofs to make them strong enough to withstand hurricanes.  Hurricane Richard was the last one to go through Belmopan.  Our neighbors lost their roof in that category 1 hurricane with 8 hours of winds up to 90 mph and torrential rain.  They are living in shack on the side now where they cook over an open flame.


Belizeans generally build the first floor, put on a flat roof and leave rebar sticking out the top for a future second floor to be added later, but later never seems to come…..great a starting, but not particularly great at seeing things through to the end.  You see this everywhere.

In an ancient Hebrew custom, during the betrothal (Kiddushin) of a man and woman, the groom had a time of preparation where he added a room to his father’s house, and the father of the groom was the judge of when it was finished (otherwise – the groom would probably throw up something shoddy and quick and anxiously hurry over to get his bride).  Jesus is the bridegroom of the church, His bride. In John 14:1-3 He says ““Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also.” Matthew 24:30-31 & 36 says “And then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky with power and great glory. And He will send forth His angels with a great trumpet and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of the sky to the other. But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone.”  Unlike those who don’t finish what they started, Jesus WILL come back one day as He promised. 2 Peter 3:9 says “The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.” If you do not yet know Him, repent means to change your mind about your sin and who Jesus is – stop going your own way – do an about face and believe in Jesus – go His way. John 3:16 says “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.”  If you haven’t yet, I urge you to put your belief/faith/trust in Jesus Christ alone for salvation and you will enter into an intimate personal relationship (like a perfect marriage) with the God who made you, and you will become the bride of Christ and have a place beyond all our imaginations to live (see Revelation 21).  Just think…God made our current dwelling place (earth) in 6 days, but He’s been working on our future dwelling place for over 2000 years. “That is what the Scriptures mean when they say, “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.” 1 Corinthians 2:9



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