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Material Description
Masonary The most durable of building materials. However, masonary construction does nor necessarily imply nice squared and motared stone. Irregular stone and even roinded cobbles are used as well. Most masonary structures are white washed annually and the build up of lime conceals the construction method.
Half-frame Timber frame buildings where the frame has all the structural strength. Often the panels between the timbers in infilled with brick on the ground floors and wattle & daub on higher floors. The panels are often rendered and then painted: orangey browns and yellows being common
Brick Wholey brick built structures are very rare, mainly because the irregular size of the mand made bricks make them difficult to lay in a strong bond. Most brick build structures are rendered to look like masonary ones. A few modern well built examples of brick structures exist,
Wood Structure constructed of wooden planks over a wood frame. Some structures, especially those with a Ivinian influence have the wooden panels elaborately carved. Most wooded buildings are painted or stained in an attempt at preventing rot.
Wattle &Daub Structure largely made of interwoven wattles covered in render. The frame to the building normally is to weak to support more than one floor. Constructional method (and appearance) is nor too different from half-frame structures, but it is the weakness in the frame which delineates the two.


Roof Description
Lead Lead sheets over wooden plank roof. Fitted by plumbers. The best sort of roof especially for flat or low pitch roofs.
Slate Stone tiles roofs, mainly slate but a occasionally other laminated stone is used instead. Waterproof and slate is lighter than tiles.
Tile Clay tile, normally rectangular with a simple over lap, though hexagonal tiles are used as well. Different colours can be used to make patterns. Overlapping pantiles are occasionally used, but only when imported. Waterproof
Wooden Shingles Small boards of wood of the same dimensions as tiles used in the same way. Shingles are lighter than tiles but don't last as long. Often found on wooden buildings.
Thatch The best thatch is made from reeds, however there are no reed beds local to Eshevn so they have to be imported (by boat). Straw is a commonly used substitute. Normally restricted to the poorest of dwellings. Baned in the New Town and Fisher Isle, Eshaven, because of the fire risk.


Condition Description
Derelict Major faults with structure such as missing stairs or floor boards, collaspsing roof, wide spreaf rotten timbers etc
Poor Structure in bad state of repair with more than one problem. Eg warped doors, missing roof tiles, patch of render missing from walls, broken windows, some spot of rotting timber etc
Average A few minor faults with the structure. eg craked render on walls, sticking windows, loose roofing tiles etc
Good Structure in a good state of repair with all major compents as they should be. However the structure is not in perfect condition, may be look a bit rough.
Very Good Building is structurally sound and in good state of decoration. Looks like new.