"But Basia, do you know anything about building a house?"
I heard this question a lot before I departed for this adventure! Nope, I know almost nothing about building a house.
I did participate in a Habitat for Humanity house-building project in Rochester once, but the circumstances (tools, supplies, environment, etc.) were very different. But my lack of knowledge didn't matter much here - there was always someone available at the site (a handful of paid Sri Lankan workers, other experienced volunteers) who could show you how to do what needed to be done. So we learned as we went along. Here are some of the highlights of the house-building process.