Modern construction is often made of several layers of dissimilar materials such as vinyl siding, plastic house wrap, styrofoam sheathing, wood studs, fiberglass insulation, and sheetrock. But if you want to build for the ages, consider using simpler materials. The walls of this house are stuccoed masonry… a combination that has been used for thousands of years. And the columns are simple heavy timbers… no veneers to peel away or delaminate. What you see is what you get, and for a very long time.