Caymanian House

HISTORY OF THE TRADITIONAL CAYMANIAN HOUSE

These houses were made from Iron wood unique to these islands, resistant to water rot and termites and not inclined to warp. It was ideal for the framework of houses. Vertical posts were sunk into the ground, with horizontal beams running across top to bottom, held in place using dovetail joints and wooden dowel joints (iron nails rusted too quickly in the tropical climate). The spaces between the posts were filled with woven panels known as "wattles" and covered with a plaster-like substance called "daub". This building method would have been familiar to most of the settlers. Houses built in this way are sometimes called "wall" houses.