The under floor area becomes a general work space for pounding rice and other activities, and a shelter for domesticated animals.
Kitchen refuse is received with gusto by thefrmily pigs which patrol the ground for anything dropped through the split-bamboo floor. The Hmong, Mien and some Lisu, however, build directly on the ground.
A packed earth floor like that in the Hmong household is typical of that kind of house, and tends to be warmer at higher, cooler altitudes. Verandas, play an important role in daily life; as in this Akha house. The veranda becomes a focus for all kinds of activities, and a place to dry both food and washed clothing.