The living accommodation is often located on the first floor and stone or wooden steps on the main façade lead up to the living quarters. These steps are characteristic of the Geneva house, lending it a particular charm. The steps are also protected by the canopy which projects a long way and which is supported by strong wooden pillars. The Geneva house is generally very plain and simple.
The Vaud house combines living quarters, storehouse and animal stalls under one roof. It is constructed from stone and located such that its gable is directed towards the prevailing south-westerly and north-easterly winds, in order to better withstand them.
Castle-like buildings were constructed in the 17th and 18th centuries in the rich wine-growing areas of Lake Geneva. The business section is small and the barns and stalls are insignificant, making the wine cellars appear all the more important.