Geography[ edit ] The mainland and islands of Greece are very rocky, with deeply indented coastline, and rugged mountain ranges with few substantial forests. The most freely available building material is stone. Limestone was readily available and easily worked. This finely grained material was a major contributing factor to precision of detail, both architectural and sculptural, that adorned ancient Greek architecture.
Here are seven, according to the authors. After all, the owner-builder can now select from many intriguing low cost shelter possibilities including log, cordwood, wood frame, pole, adobe, and earth-sheltered homes Of course, it would be absurd to suggest that any building material or type of structure is "best" for all people under every circumstance, and certainly each one has its own outstanding advantages.
Still, we can't help concluding that building with stone— aka "plain old rocks"—has more to recommend it for more people in more building situations than does an owner-built home made with any other material.
Reason Number One Good building stone can be found most anywhere, usually free for the gathering. We built our 1,square-foot home with 18 pickup loads of free boulders, most of which were gathered from a single field about a mile from our construction site.
The rancher who owned the land was delighted to have his field cleared of "all them blankety-blank, machinery-bustin' rocks. Collecting stones—for free—from public lands is also a possibility.
However, since "rock foraging" isn't currently a common practice, regulations governing such activity are usually vague or nonexistent, so be sure to inquire locally before gathering. Some commercial rock quarries, too, will allow you to hand pick inexpensive stones from their huge rubble piles Besides the stone itself, you'll need only cement, sand, and gravel, plus maybe some steel reinforcement for corners and lintels.
By using any of several modern stonework forming methods, you simply don't need the years of experience that were required before an old-fashioned, freehand stonemason could claim mastery of his or her art. We recommend that you read this volume before so much as picking up your first rock.
If necessary or preferred you could build much thicker walls using denser and heavier stones. Finally, a stone house doesn't take long to build. Reason Number Three Stone is durable, fireproof, bug- and vermin-proof, and rot-free.
While some log or wood-frame buildings tend to crumble into ruin and decay after 50 years or so, well-built stone structures will often stand for centuries. Of course, you won't live in your stone house that long, but your great-grandchildren might still be there You're not likely to lose a stone house to fire either, but even if the structure's wood frame interior were somehow gutted by flames, you could probably rebuild from the original stone shell.
And—while other homeowners may lose time, money, and sleep fighting termites, rodents, and wet or dry rot—you can sit behind your near-impenetrable stone walls and relax even decades after your neighbors have lost their battles with the relentless gnawers, borers, and decomposers that attack wooden dwellings.
Reason Number Four Stone is attractive and maintenance-free. Natural stone comes in so many shapes, sizes, colors, and textures that the final appearance of a rock house is limited only by the builder's imagination, daring, and methodical effort. While our house was constructed rather simply to save time, money, and labor, we've seen veritable castles of colorful stonework all over the country.
Another great advantage of "rock living" is that—once your stone house is complete—you can totally forget further maintenance:Stone and siding split, wooden garage door Temples and Halls Love this rock and brick for the exterior This IS what my future home exterior will be made from:) Find and save ideas about Stone exterior houses on Pinterest.
| See more ideas about Exterior color schemes, House colour paint design and Stone exterior. Chinese wooden structure architecture, were widely used to build palaces, mansions, temples, and towers in ancient China.
China’s written history is about 4, years old, but the history of Chinese wooden structure architecture can be traced back 7, years to the Hemudu period.
Chinese temples are typically wooden timber frames on an earth and stone base. The oldest wooden building is the Nanchan Temple (Wutai) dating from CE. However, Chinese temple builders regularly rebuild the wooden temples so some parts of these ancient buildings are of different ages.
Like many Maya buildings, Maya temples were built of stone, with platforms on the top where wooden and thatch structures could be built.
Temples tended to be pyramids, with steep stone steps leading to the top, where important . There can also be seen wooden buildings in the Gujarat region in the west, but there is not ample timber there and the lack of them engendered, rather, a yearning for wooden architecture, importing timber to build wooden temples and houses.
The neighboring state on the east, Tamil Nadu, is a vast extent of arid land, where the ‘Southern Style’ stone temples developed most splendidly and when one comes to say the ‘Dravidian Style,’ it largely indicates Hindu temples in this state.