Monkey Bay village:
A backpackers lodge that is intergrated with the local village structures. There are many unique details constructed from vernacular materials.
This is another homestead that has a fence enclosing the yard. This home is raised high on a platform with a porch wrapping all around the structure. The orange color is the natural color of the soil and the black color is from the inside of battery cells..
This man is constructing the roof structure which the 3 main beams are gum poles and the rest of the poles are bamboo. The ties are both vines and tire straps. The kitchen was constructed of reeds covered with mud.
Monkey Bay village:
This is a backpackers lodge that is intergrated with a village situated on a beach. Like most lodges, this is a very solid structure with a thick thatched roof and large gum poles used to support the roof .
This homestead had an enclosed yard and the front of the house was open to the public. Decorations were a painted black ban 1 meter high and little black bumps at the corners and where the door is. Permission wqas never asked to photograph inside of one's home but it was offered here. The interior pictures clearly shows the layer of plastic..
This structure was being constructed with burnt bricks and has a small front porch. The roof structure is bamboo because that is what is available in the area. The short ridge beam is needed due to the shape of the house and the it supported by vertical memebers resting on a cross member being supported by the walls.
Roof poles are supported by bamboo beam resting on bricks with space inbetween.
Narrow verandah wraps around the entire house and is raised high off the ground.
Kitchen is raised on platform and has no walls. It is inside the fenced courtyard.
Painted decoration at the corner of the home.
The homstead is enclosed with a thatched fence.
Deep verandah is on all four sides of the home. A black band at the base with little bumps at the corners.
Interior view of the underside of the roof. Visible is a layer of plastic used to prevent leakage.
Interior view of home. The inside walls are plastered white with a decoratibe band at the base.
Roof poles supported by a wood beam which is supported by bricks higher than the wall.
View from inside a house being constructed with burnt bricks.
Close up of roof construction detail. Bamboo beam is strapped down to wall using vines.
Looking up at roof structure. Main ridge beam supported by two vertical poles resting on a horizontal pole.
Dining area with low walls and gum poles for columns.
Entrance to lodge, thatched roof and rammed earth walls.
Thatch roof is supported by crossed gum poles.
The bar area extends out onto the beach.
Close up of thatched roof. The termination of the roof has to constructed to prevent leakage.
An outdoor dining area. The thatch roof is supported by large gum poles both for the roof structure and the columns.
Close up of gum poles supporting the thatched roo and thansporting the load to the gum pole column.
Continuos porch off of each room. The columns and doors are all carved for decoration.
Constructing the roof structure.
This roof has three main poles for support with bamboo poles resting on them.
These are the tire strips that many peolpe use to tie together poles on roof structures.
Kitchen which is plastered on the outside but not plastered inside.
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