Vernacular building tradition is one based upon time-immeriorial building techniques and the use of materials, but also upon the siting and location of buildings, the layout of their rooms, and room usage. It is passed on by word of mouth, and materials are used that are close to hand and do not require to be moved any appreciable distance. In addition its very essence is a format devised by the craftsman and occupier, acting in conjunction, and with function only in mind.

Carole Ryan