Hello there! Our great-grandparents moved to the city from the country in the 40's. This was their house. My father grew up here and so many other family members. The house is located in Santurce, Puerto Rico.
It's a typical wooden house from back in the day. The architecture name for this house is Casa Criolla.
Many of this houses has been demolished in the island because the deteriorated wood, which became expensive to replace or because the wrong perception that new designs are better. We are in the process of renovating the house. We already have all the materials but we have no budget for the labor. My husband is going to engage on the renovations since he is an extraordinary craftsman and Permaculture teacher....but we really need your help to make this a reality. We hope you find it in your heart to give us a hand and get to see the process becoming true. And hopefully you come one day and enjoy a stay in this house in sunny Puerto Rico.
Here's a description of what is a Casa Criolla (Creole House):
CASA CRIOLLA: THE HOME OF OUR TRADITION
The so called "casa criolla" was build between the years 1850 and 1925, generally was made all from wood or wood with the exteriors walls in masonry (which is an irregular mix of dirt, rock or/and pieces of bricks).
-The porch was always built in the front bordering the street.
-The doors were double doors (from the main living room and the lateral rooms).
-The roofs were build as gable roof, sometimes four. In some villages there is only one water (backwards). The roof was almost always made of wood with corrugated metal cover (some very few have tiles).
- The living and anteroom (a more private space, also to be) were located to the center of the house.
In some versions (1885 approx.) the division between this two rooms was the decorative partition called half point, with pieces carved, turned or set in wood, and that gave special elegance to this space in which the main activities of the house were given.
-This central area was flanked with rooms on both sides, and in turn the rooms communicate with each other through interconnecting doors.
-Many of these Creole houses assumed forms derived from the different European influences that colonized Puerto Rico in the nineteenth century. Especially in the commercial towns it was possible to find English, French, American, and even Dutch or Danish influences.
Right now we are dedicated to spread the word about Permaculture and sustainable living. We are growing food in the city, restoring abandon spaces and offering workshops. I'm also dedicated to create salves and sunscreens from natural ingredients. If you want we can exchange PERMACULTURE consultations or any product of my creation as a way to Thank You for your support.