The purest definition of vernacular architecture is simple…it is architecture without architects. It is the pure response to a particular person’s or society’s building needs. It fulfils these needs because it is crafted by the individual and society it is in. In addition the building methods are tested through trial-and-error by the society of which they are built until their building methods near perfection (over time) and are tailored to the climatic, aesthetic, functional, and sociological needs of their given society. Because the person constructing the structure tends to be the person who will be using it, the architecture will be perfectly tailored to that individual’s particular wants and needs.
One of the most important things that we can learn by looking at vernacular architecture is the seemingly simple (almost low-tech) methods of which we can create a building that is perfectly adapted to the building’s users and the building’s locale. At face value these methods seem trivial yet are in fact quite complex and extremely effective because they have been tested over time and have evolved to fit a society’s needs. We can learn from this and it can help prevent some of the devastating things architects do, namely sacrificing a building’s function, comfort, or ecological friendliness in the pursuit of some aesthetic quality or even worse, an architect’s egotistical pursuits. It’s a belief in general, that architects have good intentions but fall short because many of the basic principles that are taken into account in all forms of vernacular architecture are often neglected by modern day architects.
It is perfect because it is derived through the application of local materials and building techniques to create buildings that function as what they are meant to function as. Because the building’s design and construction is intimately inner twined with the person who will be using the structure, the final product functions exactly as intended. These building maximize the local knowledge of how buildings can be effectively designed as well as how to effectively use local materials and resources.
All the building construction material used is locally available like the stone and sand of which the walls are made, the timber is also readily available. The staircase used to reach the first floor of the house is made of timber, with stone slabs also introduced. Built form, the house as seen from south side. (Paper Model), the built form of the house constitutes about 60% of the plot area. The house in its totality forms a compact unit. As a general rule the houses do not have a boundary wall.