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Housing in Guyana

Georgetown has three major types of housing. Modern plumbing facilities, including showers, are available in all houses. Most homes located in the older parts of the city are 19th-century-style wooden bungalows erected on stilts. As Georgetown is below sea level, the elevated construction technique improves ventilation and flood protection. In newer suburban areas, masonry construction on stilts and modern design predominate. A few houses are square, two-storey concrete buildings, without stilts. Lots are fenced and have lawns large enough for small group entertainment.

The stilt-type houses, whether wood or masonry, generally have laundry facilities, parking space, and servants quarters on the ground floor. This area can also be used for entertainment. The living quarters on the second floor include a living room, dining room, kitchen, bedrooms and veranda. Kitchen cabinets and workspaces are often inadequate. Most of these houses have large Dutch-style showers that are larger than standard US size, and may or may not have bathtubs.





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