The picturesque landscape of Bermuda is dotted with pastel houses and white roofs. Our house is peach with green shutters and white trim. Very Bermudian. It is made of cement blocks and reinforced steel beams in order to withstand hurricanes. The roof is functional too. It is designed to collect rain water and funnel it to an underground water tank (a cement bunker of sorts). There is no source of fresh water on the island so each house relies on this water for everything from drinking and cooking to cleaning and bathing. Water conservation is vital.

Why are all the roofs on the island painted bright white? It's actually required by law to have a roof that is whitewashed with a special paint that helps sanitize the rain water as it is collected.

And that, dear reader, is a brief lesson in Bermuda housing!

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