This shows the spacious porch outside of the house. The way the house is designed, it will keep cool in summer. This style of architecture was common in the olden times in India. This is a Chettinad type house, from Kerala in South India.
This is a sketch of an old ramshackle house on the outskirts of Nashik. It does not belong to the rich as can be seen from the looks of it. The construction in those days was usually stone and wood. This one has a tin roof, but this is probably new. The building is probably a hundred years old.
Related Pictures: Sketches and drawings of thatched huts or Photographs of houses and huts from Dakshinachitra in South India or photos of thatched huts from the Chennai area
For ancient Chinese architecture: Chinese style architecture sketches of the Forbidden City or Chinese Architecture Sketches