Architecture of Traditional Tamil Nadu Homes Older Dravidian style dwellings have been influenced by towering temple gopurams and vast temple complexes. They feature a center courtyard that is encircled by a few wings of apartments that entrance onto it. Tall, arched, or ornately ornamented entranceways are common. Each apartment has a separate door accessing the courtyard, which is separated from other courtyards by walls or buildings. The roofs are usually flat, but sometimes they are sloped.
The typical Indian house consists of several rooms: a kitchen, a dining room, a living room, a bedroom, and a bathroom. Most houses in India have only one floor with the exception of some larger houses or hotels that have multiple floors.
In rural areas, most houses are made of mud or brick and thatch or wood for the roof. In urban areas, houses are often made of concrete or stone. Some modern houses in Chennai (formerly known as Madras) have exterior panels composed of glass fiber reinforced plastic (GRP).
People love to show off their wealth through their homes. The more expensive the house, the better it is thought to be. There are many ways in which people try to show off their wealth including the number of rooms in the house, the type of house, and even the location of the house.
People used to build houses out of wood, but now they mostly use bricks or cement.
This is a typical Tamil home. At the entry to the house, you will be greeted by a lovely kolam (daily designs created with rice flour). The front porch will be a "thinnai" at the entry. This section displays your financial status. The more expensive your thinnai, the more complicated it appears. Behind the thinnai is the entrance to the house. It leads into a courtyard where all the family activities take place. From here, you can see into all the rooms of the house.
The kitchen is at the back of the house. It is a separate area with its own entrance. Here, the family gathers for meals and conversations. A special place is reserved for cooking food: there are no electric appliances in the room. Only firewood is used as an energy source to boil water or cook food.
Bathrooms are located outside. There are no windows in them so they cannot be seen from the outside.
The bedroom is at the back of the house. Here, the family sleeps peacefully.
A house like this one can hold up to eight people. It is not necessary that every household has a house like this one. These days, you can also find houses which are split into several sections with each having its own entrance. This way, the family members do not have to go out of their doors to meet each other.
As a result of our country's unique cultures, our country is home to a wide range of communities, each with a distinct lifestyle that is represented in their homes. As a result, houses in India vary greatly in terms of architectural, build quality, materials, and aesthetics. Here are the most common house types found in India.
Joint family homes The typical Indian joint family home consists of a large courtyard area used for parking vehicles, playing games, and hanging out with friends. A separate apartment or room is allocated to each family member. Each person has a private space where they can hang their clothes, keep their belongings, and have a place to sleep. However, not every family member gets their own space. Sometimes parents will share a room together with their children, while other relatives may have their own rooms. In this type of home, all the members enjoy equal rights and responsibilities, which means that no one is better than anyone else.
Individual family homes An individual family home is like a joint family home, but instead of living with your spouse's family, you live with your own family. This type of home is common in northern India, especially in cities such as Delhi, Chandigarh, Kanpur, Ludhiana, and Amritsar. Here, people want privacy so they can focus on their work and study without being distracted by others' activities.
These dwellings are often family-owned and may be seen in India's non-urban areas. Bungalows have gradually begun to take over urban areas, and individuals have begun to merge the architecture with contemporary facilities that suit the urban lifestyle.
Bungalows are generally one or two stories high and have simple exterior decor. They tend to be cheaper to build than other houses and typically use many recycled materials for their construction. The name "bungalow" comes from the British word for cottage, which these houses resemble in shape.
In modern India, bungalows can be found in large numbers in cities such as Mumbai (formerly called Bombay), Delhi, Kolkata (Calcutta), Chennai (Madras), Hyderabad, and Bangalore. However, they are also becoming popular in rural areas where land is cheap and easy to find.
In the Western world, the term "bungalow" has come to mean a small house built for a wealthy individual. In India, the term "bungalow" does not have this meaning; instead, it refers to any small house.
Overall, bungalows are inexpensive to build and easy to maintain. They provide comfortable living conditions for their residents. Because of this, they are widely used in India for private homes.