Architecture reflects Medieval design principles such as verticality, honest use of materials, structure, and function over style. Steeply pitched roofs, half-timber construction, square shapes are common French characteristics. The later part of the 17th century, they designed porches, large windows, and doors. French styles were: Louis XIII, Louis XIV and Louis XV. Types of buildings: Quebec and French Canadian wood or stone. Homes normally start at the top with a few chimneys, a steep double pitched roof with shingles and large overhang, wood posts to support the overhang, french door with wood panels at base, a porch, and a poteaux sur sole construction.