What are medieval houses of poor people made up of?

I am working on something important today and I just need to know what are the houses of poor people in medieval times made of. I need to know about the roof and especially the walls and doors. If there is any image available, I would also appreciate that. Thank you.

Asked By: Amaranta - 12/10/2007
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the dude on the show dirty jobs makes a house such as this on a recent episode. made of cow manure mixture.
Answered By: Steve D - 12/10/2007
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The roofs were thatched...meaning they were made of straw. The walls were straw and mud. Here's a link so you can see some of the designs yourself.
Answered By: Lisa E - 12/10/2007
walls were cow d**g and straw, or rocks. roof was thatched. and the doors were wood or flaps of animal hide if they were THAT poor!
Answered By: onegirlsnightout - 12/10/2007
sod, rocks, or wood - if the area had nearby wood. roofs could be hay or sod.
Answered By: nickipettis - 12/10/2007
basically mud...sod and peat cut up into cubes and stacked up - the roofs were sod or thatched bullrushes if they lived in swampy areas.doors would be fashioned out of wood and leather
Answered By: Wild Thing - 12/10/2007
The walls were made of stone using mud and clay as cement to lay in between rocks. The roof were made up of heavy cloths and wood.
Answered By: weazzel - 12/10/2007
Many buildings were made of thatch depending on how temporary or well defended a town may be. Many villages with a small army were often attacked more so they didn't bother building stronger houses. Otherwise they may use stone.
Answered By: Stevengoku - 12/10/2007
Straw and Mud probably, as such is the standard in many a medieval abode. Oh, bakit nyo ko ni thumbs down?
Answered By: Ellen A - 12/10/2007
It depended largely on time and place. Many were at least wood frame, maybe insulated with sod (see modern icelandic turf houses). Some times of bricks could be used, too. Roofs could be wood, ceramic/terracotta tiles (common in Roman and Spanish houses, and in St Pete, Fl today), thatch (bundles of straw), possibly... More
Answered By: keltillos - 12/10/2007
With the most readily available material. Ever see Monty Python's The Holy Grail? Just because it's hilarious doesn't mean it's inaccurate.
Answered By: a.wordmonger - 12/10/2007
Most were made of the cheapest local material, be it rock sundried bricks, or mud and daub. Mud and daub is willow or similar branches woven around a frame and coated over with a mixture of mud, manure and straw (like adobe) and sometimes covered with plaster (stucco... More
Answered By: mike1942f - 12/10/2007
The posh name for the stuff used for the walls is "Wattle & Daub"......... here's some links... More
Answered By: jduck1979 - 12/10/2007
The ,ore common ones you see in the film ... Wood as a structure (beams). Sometimes sticks in between these to provide more structure when they add mud and d**g pounded together around these and left to dry. Thatched straw roof and mud and straw floor... More
Answered By: Kirsty P - 12/10/2007
You didn't say what country/area. Thatching (straw, reeds, etc) on roof is common Wattle and daub is mub plastered on a frame of thin sticks and can be wall or entire dome. Stone bases were common in rocky areas, with thatch on top.
Answered By: Terryc - 12/10/2007
It depends upon what part of the world you were living in. In Siberia for instance, people lived in yurts, which were round huts made of a wooden frame and layers of felt. In much of Europe people built houses by bending saplings and tying them together, then plastering them with mud. They would repeat the process with... More
Answered By: Gawaine R - 12/10/2007
if it helps they were called serfs and they had a small mud hut with a straw thatched foof inside was one bed made of straw one low table and maybe a couple of stools behind there house they had a small vegetable patch and a yard for some ducks and geese but their property was constantly being destroyed in times of war... More
Answered By: hahaha - 12/10/2007
they were made of the same materials that are used today. grass, dirt and sky.
Answered By: john d - 12/10/2007
Sorry, I can't resist. Canopy beds came from having those type of roofs. The canopy was so that vermin didn't fall out of the ceiling onto your bed.
Answered By: Little Lulu - 12/11/2007
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