colombage sur sol

Medieval half-timber construction technique in which a house was built of a large framework of beams. The area between the beams was filled with light, insulating material. In Louisiana, this in-fill was bousillage. This traditional building technique required the first floor foundation beams to be laid directly on the ground hence, the sur sol designation. The obvious deficiences of this building technique in lower Louisiana frequent flooding, termites, and high annual rainfall levels soon became evident to the Acadians, who routinely constructed homes on piers by the early nineteenth century.

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