Chattel House is a Barbadian word which refers to a small moveable wooden house. The term dates back to plantation days when home owners would buy houses designed to move from one property to another. The word "chattel" means moveable property which is where Chattel House was derived from.
Chattel houses are typical homes in the Caribbean and they are still seen today throughout the island in varying colours and styles. Some are adorned with detailed fretwork while others have jalousie shutters, which are designed to keep the rain out while still allowing air to come in. Today Chattel houses have a greater degree of permanence and many have additional rooms that have been added on over time. Learn more about Chattel Houses from the Ins and Outs of Barbados.
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