Tidewater Architecture is a style of architecture found mostly in coastal areas of the Southern United States. These homes, with large wraparound porches were designed for wet, hot climates. Tidewater homes are best known for having at least one expansive porch, sheltered by a broad hip roof. Wood construction, wide eaves and waterfront lots are also common characteristics. Today many new-construction tidewater houses are constructed on supports or pilings with top-level primary living spaces to help weather coastal flooding.