A house form in this is characterized by its composite built-form, timber and bricks. Timber offered freedom to carve and decorate, and also offered economy though did offered durability and flexibility in use. House itself connected by a glorious facade to street (making the street also an outdoor community place) offered a layered organization from public to private domain for the family with an internal chowk being the climatizer in an otherwise closely side-to-side packed long narrow house modules in a settlement.

Compactness, graded street network and community controls were all key features of these traditional settlements with a strong sense of identity expressed in houses which all shared a common life style, common local materials and a common techniques and materials for construction which patronized the craft traditions.