These tri-partite sections of the façade are then decorated individually with crest paintings or guardian figures. The back and sidewalls are planked horizontally, and the interior of the rear wall is usually painted. House posts are also carved and painted. In some cases there is a frontal pole through which the entrance is cut, but more often than not, the entrance is just a simple doorway.
Possibly because of their contact with the peoples of the Interior, a few Nuxalk winter houses were completely excavated pit houses, with no exterior walls and only the roofs visible above ground level. These roofs were caulked with river grasses tamped between the roof boards, with dirt and root systems exposed above, on top of which a thick layer of soil was spread. Steps led up from the interior to the entrance at ground level.