The homes were little cottages fashioned of bent over sapling tree trunks or branches linked together. They would make a large circle by sticking one end of the tree limbs or saplings into the earth. Then they'd bend them towards the center and bind them together to form a framework. This would be the outside wall of the house. Inside, they made a small cave-like space under the bending roof where they could sleep in winter.
The Karankawa people lived in these houses near the water's edge because they wanted to fish all year round. Also, since they didn't have any weapons to protect themselves from enemies, this was the best place for them to live in peace.
In time, white men came to hunt all kinds of animals in Texas. Some of them stayed and built big houses with yards, but most went back home to tell others about the great hunting places here. This only encouraged more hunters to come. The more people who go to Texas the less food there is for everyone else. So, soon after the white men left Texas, the Karankawa people began to starve to death. Only a few of them survived this terrible famine.
After the famine, the Karankawa people decided they needed help defending themselves against their enemies. So, they traveled far away to another country called Mexico. There, they met some Indian people who taught them how to build boats out of wood.
These were rectangular dwellings with barrel-shaped roofs, similar to those found in Northwest culture. These houses were, as the name implies, extraordinarily lengthy. The outsides of these houses were composed of timber frames covered with bark sewed together. These houses were also shared by families. There would be one main entrance and one exit door from the house.
Inside, these houses were simply large rooms without any special features other than perhaps a fireplace or two. There were no walls between these rooms, only doors. These were opened by sliding horizontal logs into place on wooden tracks. There were no locks, but guests had to ask permission to enter someone's home so there was some form of privacy.
There were three main types of houses in India: the mud house, the brick house, and the concrete house. The mud house was the most common type of house in India and consisted of just two large sheets of wood or bamboo nailed together with the fibers of the coconut tree. They were often painted red or white and then plastered over with a mixture of soil and water. The bricks used for building homes in India are taken from local sources of stone and clay, so they can vary in color from dark gray to light yellow or pink. Bricks are laid in straight lines and held together with mortar made from a mixture of sand and lime or cement.
Many of the buildings were constructed from mud bricks formed in specific molds. These dwellings are typically rectangular in shape, 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 celebrations. Some houses have additional rooms attached which allow for more space to live in.
Traditional houses were not built with wiring in mind, so they were designed to be lit effectively by sunlight during the day and paraffin lamps at night. They usually had only one floor with no elevators, but some newer houses do include first floors for extra housing space. There may also be underground storage spaces where food can be kept safe from rodents.
The roof is usually made of palm trees branches tied together with grass or clay, but some more recent roofs are made of corrugated metal or tiles. The walls and doors are generally made of wood, although in larger cities you will find that many homes are now being built with concrete and steel frames instead.
There are several different types of houses in use across the West Bank including: Bait (one-room house), Beit (two-room house), Da'i (three-room house), Daraja (four-room house). Each region has its own unique style of building and each tribe has its own distinctive architecture too.