Barbados Chattel Houses

It's wonderful to see a local business - Hightide Watersports - incorporating traditional Barbados architecture into their office design.

This chattel-house design can be found on the shore at their beachfront location at Coral Reef Club hotel on the west coast of the island. It blends beautifully into the tropical setting, surrounded by towering palm trees and colourful flowers.

The chattel house is a small wooden home that was originally designed to be moveable as labours often moved from one part of the island to another.More than that it is a cultural symbol of the resilience and resourcefulness of our people.

The Hightide Watersports office showcases several aspects of the architectural style including the steep gable roof and delightful fretwork.

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