What Type of Houses Did the Aztecs Live In?

Aztec houses were made with adobe bricks or of a wattle-and-daub construction with wooden braces. Some homes had flat-pole roofs, while others were constructed with peaked roofs. Others were built on the ground and some were built on a platform. The size of the house was dependent on the location and the wealth of the family that built it, much like today.

Regardless of size, each house would have been a single room with perhaps another small room adjoining it. There may have been two doors and no windows. A typical house would be 50 to 82 square feet in size, and there was usually a recess in the wall in order to display a religious statue or shrine. Houses built on platforms were usually about 15.75 inches off the ground; most homes, however, were built on the ground. Families would build their houses together and share neighboring walls to reduce building time and costs, utilizing the outside spaces for cooking.

The adobe bricks used in construction were common materials used by the Aztecs to build houses, but wattle-and-daub houses used a wooden frame and walls made of sand, clay and earth mixture. Inside walls were lime-plastered. Often, the roofs were made with straw and the floors were made with earth and stones or lime plaster.