The unique characteristic of a traditional Laos home has a direct impression on the Lao people and their live hoods that is different from the present mixed architecture of tradition and modernism. A traditional Laos home is built high off the ground with hardwood stilts embedded either into the ground or on stones. Wooden planks are used for flooring. Wood boards or bamboo are used for siding and either grass or shingle can be used for roofing depending on what the home owner can find at the moment.
Types of traditional Laos home
There are two types of traditional Laos home: Sier and Faed. A Sier home or sometimes called Keuy is more popular than that of a Faed home, considering that only a family of good statues can build one. A Faed home is basically two structures built side by side which uses more materials than a Sier and is less popular.
A Sire or sometimes called Keuy home is a single structure with an addition of a terrace that has a lower roof and floor than the main structure. The terrace is used to have meals and greet visitors. There is also a wooden bench on the terrace, which is used for resting. Next to the terrace is the kitchen and Sahn used for washing and bathing. Sometimes the kitchen is built connected to the house separately with the Sahn approximately one third by size of the kitchen.
A Faed home consist of two connecting structures, one structure includes the bedroom and the other for greeting guest. The bedroom in both a Faed and Sier home are divided for the parent, male and female siblings and a room called Hong Beung. This room is used as a guest room ; besides guest only the male member of the family may sleep here because it is also used as a worshipping room where family Buddha images are kept. The home mentioned above are previously difficult to find now that a combination of more modernism than tradition are used in building new homes.