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Conch Architecture in the Florida Keys 

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INTERNET RESERVATION INFORMATION on conch style vacation villas at Hawks Cay Village and Hawks Cay on Florida's Caribbean Island at the foot of this web page.

 

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Conch Houses have multicultural roots of the Bahamas, New England, and Africa. Hand-crafted of wood and constructed by seafaring carpenters, conch house architecture utilizes Gulf Coast building forms, the well proportioned architecture of the New England seacoast, and tropical adaptations of housing from the Caribbean.

 

 

A close look at the classic Conch Houses of Key West reveals an energy-efficient, and sensible design for living in the tropics:

Houses rest on piers for air circulation, which cools the house and prevents rotting .

Sloping metal roofs reflect the heat of the tropical sun and carry clean water by means of gutters to a storage cistern.

Dormers expand attic space into bedrooms. Roof hatches, a concept borrowed from ships also aid ventilation.

Exterior walls have no fire stops, horizontal blocks between studs in the wall. This allows air to circulate from the crawl space to the attic. Heat in the walls and attic dissipates by convection.

Louvered shutters block out the tropical afternoon heat while allowing circulation of sea breezes. Shutters also provide hurricane protection.

Porches and encircling verandahs provide shade and cut down the heat .

Each room uses tongue and groove wood in the construction of flooring, walls, and ceiling. Each room has the rigidity of a sturdy structural cube to resist hurricanes.

Conch Houses accommodations at Hawks Cay Village in the Florida Keys have the best of the above features. Though they resemble classic conch houses in appearance, the latest standards for construction in the Florida Keys as well as modern advances in energy and air conditioning have been utilized in their construction.


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Hawks Cay is very popular with reservations made months in advance for peak times by vacationing families. Should discounted lodging at Hawks Cay be unavailable to you, you may wish to investigate staying elsewhere.

Try Marathon, Islamorada, Key Largo, and Key West and you will be able to review 80 plus hotels, motels, inns, resorts, bed and breakfast accommodations, guest houses and spas in the Florida Keys Greater area (this includes lodging in Key West). Internet rates with a number of hotels and resorts are available to you through the Florida Keys Best website.


 



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