This is a temporary home built on the beach in a fishing village. Due to a lackof wood, the entire structure is made from reeds. The chicken coop does use small wood poles but is mainly created with reeds.
This home is made from burnt bricks and has a deep and well defined front porch. There is no verandah around the building or even on the back. The kichen is rectangular with burnt brick walls with large openings.
Both of these homes were constructed with burnt bricks and have a substantial front porch with brick columns. Both homesteads also use nature to define it's boundaries.
Burnt brick home with a porch on the side which is more square shaped then rectangular. A large brick column supports the roof structure.
Chicken coop constructed with reeds and having small wood poles as support.
Detail of reed wall construction. Vertical reeds are tied to two horizontal reeds using tire straps.
Roof construction close up. The structure rests on a wall beam supported by the burnt brick wall.
Burnt brick construction with a significant front porch.
Interior view of home. Reeds are tied down to blue gum poles with bark. Thatch layer is on top of reeds.
Kitchen with burnt brick walls with large openings.
Small triangular window formed with burnt bricks.
A trend was noticed, Structures constructed with burnt brick would have a band of plaster on the top and at the base. The reason was to display to the public that it was constructed with burnt brick which is considered a superior material.
A bamboo pole is notched to allow chickens to walk up to the chicken coop.
Hedges and grass are used to define a homestead.
Rectangular kitchen constructed of burnt bricks.
Roof structure over verandah. Thatch on top of bamboo which is connected to wood poles.
These vines are collected and used to tie together the roof poles.
The front of this structure is plastered white and has a window which is bricked in.
This home is made from burnt bricks and has a very plain front facade. The two front windows are bricked in for security concern. The back of the house has a very interesting kitchen.
This home is made from burnt bricks. A front porch has an end wall with openings that support the roof structure.
Outdoor kitchen made of burnt bricks.
The front of the building is plastered over but the sides are not to show that the home is constructed with burnt brick.
Burnt brick home that has a very small front porch. A layer of nature right in front of the home provides privacy.
This home is made from burnt bricks with a porch that has a common column detail, having the middle brick recessed. The roof structure is small reed poles (in groups of 3 or 4) tied to gum poles.
Wood formwork in which mud is packed in and then overturned to dry,
Close up of a pigeon coop. The base where the basket rests on is connected to the vertical poles.
Front of the home has a nature "screen" covering the small verandah.
Underside of roof structure where the reeds are tied to the wood poles.
Kitchen that has vertical wood poles supporting the roof structure. Brick walls are built between the poles..
Gum poles are supported by extended brick walls.
Roof structure is 3 or 4 reeds tied together and tied to gum poles with tire straps.
Chicken coop constructed of wood planks and accessed by a ramp.
Burnt brick home with a corner porch having a brick column. The long side of the porch has a gum pole support where the small side has a wood lintel. A decorative brick pattern is beneath the windows.
This home was heavily decorated, on all sides, at the corners and even inside.The roof structure is groups of reeds tied to gum poles.
Decorative pattern made with bricks, there are no structural benifits.
Brick column supports roof structure, on the front woth a gum pole and on the side a wood plank as a lintel.
Burnt brick structure with a verandah only on the front and extends past the roof. A small rectangular window is in the front. The front wall is plastered but the sides are not in order to "show off" the burnt bricks.
Rectangular home constructed from burnt bricks, There is a front verandah that does not wrap around the home. There is no support for the roof over the verandah, just an overhang.
Rectangular home with a porch on the side and extended verandah on the front. The green color is just paint which is rare in vernacular structures to use paint due to the cost.
Home that is constructed with burnt bricks and has a corner porch with an interesting column that seems to grow up from the base. Bricks fill the windows for security reasons.
A home that has reed windows and a very thin thatched roof.
Very colorful home constructed with burnt bricks. A square porch with a brick column and a small sitting verandah around the home.
This pattern was repeated constantly throughout the house. There was no meaning, the owner said "she just liked it."
Exterior view of the corner of the house. The decoration turns the corner.
The roof structure was thatch on a layer of plastic laying on reeds which is then tied to the poles.
Decorative motif even found on the interior of the home.
This branch is used to engage the roof pole and transfer the roof load to the ground.
Side of building exposed to "show off" the burnt bricks.
Another example of the front being plastered and decorated and the side being left alone.
Overhang of roof, thatch is on top of reeds which are tied to bamboo poles which then are supported by the wall.
View from front looking at thatch being stored which will be placed on the roof.
Entry to the home is off os the verandah, which is a corner square type.
Window to the kitchen.
Kitchen block has recently been plastered.
Wall is plastered on the bottom and above but leaves the middle displaying the burnt brick, very common detail in this area.
The green color is from paint and not a soil type.
Decorative band at the base of the wall that wraps around to the front door.
Interesting detail of column joining the verandah floor. The base of the column is plastered like the floor.
Window pattern on the kitchen wall.
This picture shows how thin the thatch layer on a roof is.
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