Monthly Archives: January 2015

Architectural Styles: French

french colleyville estateFrench architecture spans many years in history, beginning with the Early Renaissance Period in 1484 and ending with the Restoration Period in 1870. Most periods and styles throughout these years were named and influenced by reigning monarchs of France. Although each period had decorative changes, one thing remained constant in French architecture – the love of romance and architectural order.

Today, this same love of romance and symmetry can be seen in beautiful luxury homes that reflect French-style architecture. Whether you prefer a grand château, rustic country farmhouse, or quaint cottage, French home design always reflects a romantic, charming ambiance. Read More

Architectural Styles: Colonial

colonial courtyard FountainThough its origins date back to the 1600s, Colonial style architecture remains one of the most popular styles among home builders in the United States. The earliest designs were influenced by European housing needs of the 17th century; however, the American style continued to grow and change until the early 19th century. During that time, each region of the country created its own specific take on the basic design, but the general framework of the home remains the same across regional boundaries.

Facade

The first thing that you notice about a Colonial home is its facade. The front door is centered in the middle of the long side of the home, with two windows on either side. On the second floor there are five windows, each centered over its partner on the floor below, with one window over the main entrance. Colonial homes, especially those built before the 20th century, tend to have chimneys on both ends of the home, rather than a single central chimney. Read More

Architectural Styles: Tudor

Tudor style luxury homeThe Tudor architectural style, also known as Tudor Revival or Medieval Revival, originated in the 16th century during the Tudor reign in England. This style of home had a surge in popularity in the 19th century in Britain, and in the 1920s in America, continuing to this day. One of the reasons the Tudor style home remains popular today is the timeless quality and air of history that it exudes. People can enjoy the charming character of European towns in their very own home.

Tudor Characteristics

The most recognizable feature of a Tudor-inspired home is the decorative timbering on the exterior, usually with a light-colored plaster underneath. Other characteristics include a steep, pitched roof and large stone chimneys, usually topped with ornate chimney pots. Read More

Architectural Styles: Mediterranean

Close Up Image of a Mediterranean Style Custom HomeIn seaside and semitropical settings, one of the most appropriate architectural styles is the Mediterranean style, whether from Spanish or Italianate influence. Seen in some of the most richly appointed homes, this distinctive, luxurious building style conveys Old World charm and good taste. Learning to recognize the elements of Mediterranean architecture, and appreciate those elements in residential design, can turn the loftiest dreams of grand living into a delightful reality.

Mediterranean Style

The homes built close to the Mediterranean Sea did not spring up overnight, but over centuries, and across borders. Spain, Italy, Greece, and other countries all developed distinct styles that can still be seen in seaside villas and homes today.

In adapting elements of these styles to American homes, architects in the 1920s and 1930s seized particularly on Spanish and Italian elements in creating a charming blend, Mediterranean Revival, that allows wide latitude in overall design while still sticking true to certain “musts” such as: Read More