Village Architecture

As for the village architecture in Zlakusa, the oldest houses from the beginning of 20th century have been preserved until today.

With the immigration of Serbian population from Herzegovina and Montenegro during history, the houses were made exclusively out of wood and stone- log cabins made from beech and oak trees. Some of the houses were made only by stone. These houses had earthen floor.

After this, a new type of houses occurred. Their base was made out of hewn or rough stone and their half was made out of wood. This type was popular at the end of 19th century. Later, the houses were built by adobe. Inside these houses was hearth placed on the earthen floor, whereas one part of the house had wooden floor. In the part with the hearth, time was spent during the day, the food was prepared, a lunch was served, etc. and that part of the house was called “house”. These houses usually had two doors (entrance from the east and from the west), main and back door and entrance to the house was across the porch. There were windows on the house, but not in the log cabin, where the light came from the hearth. Above the hearth was meat, drying there. There is no such house in Zlakusa today, except from one in Terzica Avlija, which was made according to the original.

At the beginning of 20th century, a storey houses with hipped roof were built out of adobe. These houses  were mostly painted white, had 3 rooms- a living room, where householders slept, second one, where the young and guests slept and the third one, which served as pantry. A type of house like this, exists today in Terzica Avlija- the house was built in 1907. Houses had small windows with shutters, which kept the heat inside. Attics were shut with shutters and through shutter a stovepipe ran. Some houses had chimneys, too.

At the beginning of 30s of the 20th century, the same model of houses was built, but out of brick. Compared to the previous models, these were painted with yellow and orange around the windows, whereas the windows were painted blue or green. Sometimes there were two houses on the same property- the one for everyday life and other for celebrations (slava, etc.). There was a guest room in the latter house, so the guests who came to slava stayed in this house.