There’s a reason why houses tend to look a certain way in different parts of the country. Picture an old house built with locally quarried stone, or the wisdom of an adobe home in the desert. The use of local materials are what give communities their distinctive local character. If you’re any kind of history buff, you know that building traditions take years to develop. Those historical traditions have a built-in practicality under the initial layer of beauty. Local homebuilding traditions take into account the climate and the lifestyles of the community. They give us our sense of place. That combo of aesthetic beauty and practicality has not passed— even in our mass market, interconnected society. Although the world is at your fingertips, it’s worth thinking locally. Let’s take a dive into the why.