Houses are rectangular or square in shape, with sleeping and living spaces. They are built with mud bricks and straw roofs. Most houses have angled roofs to keep rain off. The roof of the head man's house, on the other hand, is flat, and the house's top is used for drying condiments.
In African villages, houses are usually clustered together in compounds. These may be separated by open spaces called "yards," which are sometimes also used for growing vegetables. The size of a yard varies depending on the village leader's status; some yards can be as large as an acre while others are much smaller than that.
Inside a house, you will usually find a single room where everyone sleeps. This is called the "kitchen" because it is where food is prepared. In larger houses, there might be another room called a "living room" where people can eat and talk at the same time. Both rooms have open beams supporting the ceiling, which often has a plastic or cloth covering.
House construction varies region to region in Africa but generally follows similar patterns. Walls are made of mud bricks or stones, which are mixed with water and then left to dry overnight. Roofs are made of grass, metal sheets, or wood. The choice of material depends on how much money you have and who you know!
People everywhere in Africa make do with what they have.
Houses are usually rectangular in shape and have steeply sloped roofs. Most buildings in rural regions are composed of mud and wattle or woven matting supported by poles. They are made of interwoven split bamboo and covered with palm in the eastern forest. In Antananarivo (the capital), stone is used instead.
In urban areas, wood is the most common building material and many buildings have more than one floor. Glass windows and doors have been introduced into traditional Malagasy homes. However, much of the city population still lives in wooden shacks located along the streets near garbage dumps or empty lots. These settlements can be very unstable because they are built without any legal documentation or title transfer procedures.
Household appliances such as refrigerators and stoves are rare in Madagascar. Many families use open fires for cooking and heating.
The majority of the population is rural, living in villages. Some larger towns have a small number of shops and restaurants.
Madagascar has very poor transportation systems. There are no airports and only a few roads outside of the major cities. The country's main airport is in Antananarivo, but it has limited services. Sea ports are important routes for trade with Africa and Asia, but piracy is a problem here as well.
They do not have access to basic necessities such as clean water and power. Their dwellings are either round (rondavels) or rectangular in shape. Their dwellings are generally composed of mud or concrete blocks, with a thatched roof made of grass or iron sheets.
The Zulu people lived in small, one-room structures called "intake houses". This is where new residents would be taken in order to begin their training as security guards or investigators. The Zulu people were given beds but had no other furniture except for a dresser and a chair. They would sleep on the floor with only a blanket as bedding.
Investigators who completed their training would then be assigned to areas of responsibility within KBR. These included security at military bases and facilities, surveillance at airports and ports, and criminal investigations. Each investigator was provided with a car for use during his or her assignment.
KBR employed over 5,000 individuals throughout South Africa at various times between 1994 and 2008. Many of these people were drawn from among the local population because they were offered better wages than could be obtained elsewhere. However, some were convicted criminals who were incarcerated for a first offense and then hired by KBR after being released. There were also several reports of torture and other forms of abuse taking place at the hands of KBR employees.
Many of the buildings were constructed from mud bricks formed in specific molds. These dwellings are typically rectangular, with an open courtyard in the center. The courtyard was used for planting flowers as a house garden or for social events such as weddings and other festivals. It could also be used as a place to store food.
Traditional houses were usually one story high, although two-story houses do exist. There might be one main room on the ground floor which would serve as the living room, dining room, or both. This room would have a fireplace or other means of heating, and it would also have a door that led out to the courtyard. On the second floor there would be several rooms including a master bedroom and bathroom. There would be no connecting doors between rooms in a traditional house.
There were often windows but no glass. Windows were either made of wood or opened by hand using wooden levers. There might be some metal tools as well like axes, knives, and forks. But most household items were made of wood including pots, pans, plates, and furniture.
A traditional house would not be heated by gas or electricity. Instead, the inhabitants would use fireplaces or charcoal braziers for heat. They would also cook with wood or coal instead of oil or natural gas.
The bulk of rural housing is two-room homes with mud walls and flooring and thatched roofs made of native grasses or palm leaves; they can also be made of plastic and other materials and roofed with corrugated metal. The windows are paneled and have wooden shutters on them. There may be a small front yard, but most often people grow food in gardens inside their house.
In wealthier areas, especially Port-au-Prince, many homes are built with concrete foundations and plaster or brick walls painted white or gray. They can have two stories with an attic room up above. These are called "carreaux" in French and are usually rented out to tourists as guesthouses or used by families as living quarters.
Houses in Haiti are always going up in value because there are so few buildings in town. You could probably buy a house for what you would spend on a refrigerator!
There are also houses made from cardboard boxes with wood slats inserted between the boxes to make rooms. These are called "coyotes" in Spanish and are usually seen on the streets of Puerto Rico.
Finally, there are houses made from scrap metals with no flooring or wall insulation whatsoever. These are called "tinajas" in Spanish and are commonly found in Latin American cities.