Houses in the comparatively wealthy Cibao Valley are made of solid palm board or pine and are usually painted and adorned, with contrasting shutters and lintels. Roofs are most often covered with corrugated metal sheets, however thatched roofs are also common in impoverished families. Floors are usually made of wood, although some houses have dirt floors or concrete slabs.
In the mountains, houses are usually built out of stone or cinder block. Some have wooden beams inside to help with insulation from the heat or cold. Others have plastic or glass windows instead. Most houses in the mountains have dirt floors or packed earth floors where animals are kept as well.
There are many types of houses in the Dominican Republic, ranging from large mansion-like homes on large estates to small one-room structures. However, regardless of size, all houses in the DR will have four things in common: a roof, walls, plumbing, and electricity. If you are given an opportunity to see how the poor live, then take it! It may change your mind about those who are less fortunate.
Styles that are common Homes are generally painted in vivid hues such as blue, green, yellow, tan, brown, or terra-cotta. Roofing materials include tile, slate, metal, and composite. There are also many different styles of house construction, ranging from simple cottages with no more than four rooms, to large mansions containing hundreds of square feet of living space.
There is a wide variety of house architecture in Jamaica. They range from simple one-story dwellings with gabled roofs to larger two-story buildings with flat roofs. Some have open verandas, while others have enclosed carports. The most distinctive feature of Jamaican homes is their exterior decorating called pemmicing. Decorations include wooden panels with cutout designs, color-washed wood, and tiled roofing. Inside the house, furniture is usually simple, functional, and inexpensive. It includes benches made of tree trunks with leather cushions, bamboo tables, and clay pots for cooking over an open fire.
Jamaica's climate is tropical, with average temperatures between 81 and 86 degrees F. The country is part of the hurricane belt, so it experiences frequent storms and hurricanes. Hurricanes can cause a great deal of damage to homes, including loss of roofs, windows, and walls.
Stone or stucco walls, red tile roofs, and arched ceilings and pathways are common features. They frequently have intricate interior decorations that use brilliant hues such as reds, blues, and yellows. Some houses have large gardens with flowers, trees, and even small lakes. These homes are not built for speed -- they are designed to provide comfort in a speedy society.
There are two types of housing in Mexico: private and public. Public housing is built by the government and comes in three levels of quality and price. The least expensive type of public housing is called an integrada (integrated). These are small one-room apartments without any internal doors or windows that can only be accessed by using an external keypad. There is usually a small patio area outside the door where you can put a table and some chairs. The more expensive model is called a multibehai (multifamily) and it is larger than an integrada with between two and four rooms. It has access to a common courtyard and a shared kitchen, laundry room, and bathroom. Multibehai units can be found in many cities across Mexico including Monterrey, Guadalajara, and Ciudad Juarez.
In private housing, the cost depends on how much you can afford.
Housing in Sierra Leone In the provinces, village huts are generally built of sticks with mud walls and thatch or grass roofs; they might be round or rectangular in shape. In the towns, people live in one-story buildings with wood frames and cement floors. The typical house has two rooms: a living room and a kitchen. There may be another room for sleeping quarters.
In rural areas, most people earn their living by growing crops or raising livestock. In the cities, many more people are employed in government jobs or in businesses.
Many residents of Sierra Leone remain poor despite its wealth of natural resources. Over 70 percent of the population lives below the poverty line, which means they survive on less than $1 a day. Half the population is under the age of 25 years old.
Almost all children attend school until they are about 14 years old. After that, some young men and women may begin work to help support their families but most find other employment instead. The job market in Sierra Leone is not very strong because there are problems with labor law and business regulations.
The majority of the population is Christian, with approximately 7% practicing traditional religions such as Islam. Many others are members of indigenous religious groups such as the Kru, the Yamacoco, and the Temne.
The bulk of rural housing consists of two-room homes with mud walls and flooring and thatched roofs made of native grasses or palm leaves; they may also be made of plastic or other materials and roofed with corrugated metal. The windows are paneled and have wooden shutters on them. There is usually only one door, which leads into the house.
In larger towns and cities, you will find more modern housing being built from concrete blocks. These buildings can look very nice, but they often lack insulation so they can be very hot in the summer and cold in the winter.
Most people living in rural areas own their land, which means they grow crops on it and build a house for themselves. But many people in urban areas are becoming landlords, making money by renting out rooms in their home. This is common in China where we saw this practice in Beijing.
Renting out rooms in your home is a good way to make extra money when you need it. But it's important to know what type of environment your children are going to be living in while they're staying with strangers. Questions such as "Who lives in the room next door?" and "How do I know you don't keep drugs in your room?" should be answered before you offer your room for rent.
Haiti's poor infrastructure has caused many problems for residents who want to sell their houses.