houses were for traders and not for comfort. The very first houses were constructed
from a timber frame and tin panels from South Africa. The panels were used as
walls and for the roof.
tin houses were basically acting as a sauna, collecting heat. With limited ventilation
these structures just brought in heat.
improvements included steeper pitch to allow the warm air to rise. Vents were
added on the edges and air freely passed, the warm air being sucked out.
due to the heat, verandahs became a trademark of colonial architecture. Screens
were added to supports and this provided relief from the sun and the mosquitoes.
A breeze was also obtained and cooled things off.
structures had no transition, one stepped from outside to inside.
next stage had brick homes with a small verandah.
verandahs became standard. People socialized as well as slept in this covered
area which was outside.
spaces were utilized by screening in the verandahs, this allowed for enjoying
the breeze while not having bug problems.
house is an example of the high point in colonial architecture. A large house
with verandahs on all four sides.
were made of tin and were very distinctive in style.
allowed for air to circulate, while tin roofs with no ventilation just trapped
the heat in like a green house.