Monday, November 22, 2010

Bermudian Architecture: Pretty, Practical and Green

Bermudian architecture is not only beautiful, and a unique hallmark of the island, but also practical and green.  At first glance one notices the pristine white roofs and pastel colored exteriors - both full of utility.  The white roofs are pointed and slatted in order to collect rainwater, since rain is the only fresh water supply on the island.  The pastel painted walls are actually stone which is the most practical building material to shield from tropical storms.  Durable Bermudian limestone, used here for the front steps, is another common multi purpose building material.

Most buildings have operable shutters that can be closed for storm protection.  It is hard to see in this photo, but the eaves that separate the roof from the exterior walls, along with the shutters, are often painted in a hue to contrast with the wall color.

An elevated exterior veranda is a signature of Bermudian architecture.  I love the arches and fretwork of this stylish example.

This Bermudian home has the added luxury of a pool house.  Distancing your pool house from your main home makes the pool more of a destination and retreat.  The sloped roof and fretwork detailing make for chic exterior surroundings!

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