Adding On

Many buildings are enlarged here in Jeddah by building up. Residential buildings are built very close together and take up most of the area of the lots they occupy. Quite often a one or two story building might be all the owner can afford to build at the time, and then maybe a few years down the road, adding more floors is a popular option. The integrity of the design of the building in this photo is being followed, so that once the project is completed, it will be hard to tell that the top floors were actually added on later.

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American woman now living in hubby's homeland of Saudi Arabia
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10 Responses to Adding On

  1. ladyfi says:

    Superb shot! I love the contrast between floating minaret and sky.

  2. Tricia says:

    Beautiful! Merry Christmas – be safe & have fun!!!

  3. Grami says:

    In addition to the apparent structural concerns, what about the distressed look achieved by such extension? I’d really like to see the city council (municipality …whatever it’s called in Jeddah) intervene

  4. Chiara says:

    In Morocco in poorer neighbourhoods (but well off enough to own) even houses are built side be side this way with an addition of a floor with increasing means and need. So eventually one floor has the enlarged kitchen, one the formal salon, one the everyday salon, one the master bedroom, one the grandparents’ bedroom etc. It is an interesting and practical phenomenon.

    Great choice of a striped building! Hmmm do the wide horizontal stripes make it look fat? Is that desirable in a building? LOL 🙂

  5. I wonder what color the NEXT addition in a few years will be?
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! I’ve really enjoyed your blog and great photos from Jeddah this year!

  6. Rachel says:

    Hmm, I wonder if the buildings are built extra strong in anticipation of one day being added on to. Every time I see a post about or including a building being added on to, the thought crosses my mind. At least they are made out of stone and reinforced concrete and such.

  7. Dimple says:

    Hi Susie,
    I wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy Anniversary (I know it’s around Christmas sometime!).
    God bless!

  8. Kris says:

    It’s that time of year again! I’m doing the rounds and apologising for my complete failure to more regularly offer comment on everybody’s incredible efforts for the year. I know how hard it can be to keep up with the daily grind of everyday posting, and want to thank you for your efforts.

    I especially want to wish festive greetings for all from down here at [nearly] the end of the world, the bottom of Tasmania.

    So, if you could delete whatever is not applicable, I’d like to wish you a very pleasant/merry/happy/wonderful/safe Amaterasu; Ashurall; Beiwe; Choimus; Christmas; Dazh Boh; Dongzhi; Goru; Hanukkah; Hogmanay; Junkanoo; Karachun; Koleda; Lenæa; Meán Geimhridh; Modranicht; New Years; Ras as-Sana; Rozhanitsa Feast; Şeva Zistanê; shōgatsu; Summer Solstice [if you’re in the Southern Hemisphere]; Sviatki; Winter solstice [if you’re in the Northern Hemisphere]; Yalda; Yule-tide; Ziemassvētki; and Коляда!

    With a hearty three cheers from Kris, Jen, Henry and Ezra!

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