Huts are dwellings that can be easily constructed out of crude, natural materials and used as temporary dwellings. They are some of the oldest constructions in the world; the stone huts of ancient Europe are still standing. In modern times, people have taken the hut to a new height by adding luxury beds, kitchens, flooring and heating systems. Beach, rain-forest or temperate travel huts provide stand-alone hotel rooms for the culture-thirsty traveler.
Turf huts are dwellings built into or partially into the earth. The roof is made of turf and supported by wooden beams. The walls may be made of stone or earth themselves; turf huts often resemble mounds. The native people of Greenland lived more or less permanently in turf huts when away from their villages on hunting trips into the 1950s, according to Greenland.com. Because of the thick earthen top, these huts were very well insulated.
Beach huts are small wooden cabins built above high tide on beaches. These pit-stop locations are for beach-goers to use as changing rooms and base locations for the day. Some beach huts are more natural, like Bali beach huts, which feature straw cone-shaped roofs and log walls. Others are extravagant with bunks and even small kitchens. According to The Telegraph, beach huts became so popular in the mid 1900s that resort owners paid up to six figures for them. As of 2009, Bournemouth resort in East Dorset still had a 15-year waiting list for their beach hut rentals.
Rain Forest Huts
Baka people of Africa originally constructed crude rain-forest huts on their hunting journeys to serve as temporary shelter. In modern times, the idea has been upgraded to the extreme, with some huts resembling four-star hotel rooms. Similar to beach huts, rain-forest huts are raised off of the forest floor. Rain-forest huts can be connected with wooden walkways to make rain-forest access and experience more comfortable.
Stone huts were constructed both as temporary and permanent structures. In Europe, there are stone huts referred to as beehive huts that date back 1400 years or more. Stone is a tough material that can withstand heavy snow. Ancient stone huts served as warming huts during cold winters for travelers and hunters of the region. The most common types of stone huts are round and made of stacked, dry rocks according to The Wall Street Journal. They form a cone-shaped rooftop and usually only have one room. Modern visitors of Europe can choose to stay in updated stone huts for a traditional experience.
- "The Telegraph"; Britain Still Loves the Beach Hut; Lesley Gillilan; 2009
- PBS: Rainforest Traditions
- Enclo Online Encyclopedia: Beach Hut
- Galapagos Islands: Paradise Huts
- Vermont State Parks: Stone Hut
- "Wall Street Journal"; Trulli Yours: Historic Stone Huts Lure Eager Renovators to Italy; Rosamaria Mancini; 2008
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