In parallel with the new construction prototypes, two retrofitting prototypes were also made. The first one was a Rana Palace located in Balmandir compound (a children’s home), in which the roof structure was retrofitted by adding some diagonals that had been previously removed due to lack of knowledge. The second one was done by providing technical support to a family willing to repair and retrofit their stone and mud house. In both cases one of the most important actions was the addition of diagonal braces.
Retrofitting is an intervention strategy that was not included in the government’s subsidy program; this is why Awasuka decided to focus on it. Retrofitting existing homes is a great option because it is much more cost-effective: with the same funds needed to build a two-room house, an entire house five to six times larger can be retrofitted.