Bulkhead houses provide shelter for the beams with which a dike denomination can be closed. The usually wooden houses must ensure that the beams can be dry and well ventilated for most of the year. For this reason, the shot beam houses are preferably placed on top of the dike near the dike denomination. For example, the beams are relatively easy to grab and slide into the slots of the retaining walls.
The bulkhead house that served as a model for the Markenburg copy consists of a wooden post frame that is horizontally reinforced. In this way, the bulkhead beams can be placed and stored on 2 (sometimes 3 or 4) levels one above the other. The walls of this bulkhead house are finished with horizontally placed planks. These offer some protection against rain, but there is also room for ventilation. The finishing with planks makes this bulkhead house a reasonably "luxury" one. The gable roof is fitted with bitumen shingles. Some form of bitumen roofing is common on bulkhead houses.