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With the islands' propensity for yearly storms (aka: hurricanes), the architecture of Grand Cayman Island has, of neccessity, adapted. In comparison to the area's history, not many older structures remain. One of the oldest surviving examples of hurrican-resistant architecture is the Old Watler Homestead, built over 100 years ago. It has since become a model for current and future building and restoration on the island.
Elevation above sea level is important, as well as a natural trough, which allows the rough and tumble waters of the storm-tossed sea to surge and retreat. Diagonal bracing of timber in the roof structure strengthens the roofing against high winds, and the proximity of the roof trusses to the top of the walls adds to its indestructability. As in the Watler Homestead, a raised floor gives the sea water somewhere to go, instead of impeding its course. Shutters on the windows keep strong winds from lifting the roof from the inside, and no overhang below the roof's edges means no invitation to the wind to get caught in its crannies.
Current architects have essentially (and wisely) incorporated the same ideas in modern building. An example of this is a grouping of beach houses on Seven Mile Beach. Sitting directly on the beach, they had to be designed to endure the fury of yearly storms and sea surges. Though much larger and taller than the Watler Homestead, they share the same basic structural design.