It’s called a Shotgun house!

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And why is it called a shotgun house

Let me give you a quick lesson in Florida building history. Florida can be very hot and humid. The problem in general is to avoid the heat rather than staying warm. Before air conditioners the only way to do so was to get a good air flow through the house. According to some southern engineers a good way to do so was to keep the building open all the way through and have doors on the front and the back. The opening that ran through the house had to be big enough and so their best way to measure it was to shoot right through the house with a shotgun and see if all the bullets made it through. Hence a shotgun house :)

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I really like their design. I think they look welcoming and somewhat freindly? I also love their porches. My girlfriends brother lives in a shotgun house so what I’m telling you now was actually taught to me on the porch of his shotgun house :)

Here is a blogpost from that porch!

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