Architectural Styles

Mediterranean Revival Style Architecture is an eclectic design style that was first introduced in the United States around the turn of the nineteenth century, and came into prominence in the 1920s and 1930s. The style evolved from an interest in the Italian Renaissance palaces and seaside villas of the sixteenth century. It is found predominantly in California and Florida due to the popular association of these coastal regions with the Mediterranean countries of Italy, Southern France and Spain.

Santa Barbara Architecture
The “Santa Barbara” architectural style is famous around the world. Although distinctly influenced by the architecture of Spain, it’s actually a blend of genres, including Spanish, Mediterranean and Moorish/Islamic. Its key features are gleaming white stucco surfaces, the famous red tile roofs, courtyards, and the wrought iron used to ornament windows, light fixtures, staircases, and other accent elements.

Prairie Style Architecture was introduced by Frank Lloyd Wright and revolutionized the American home. Low horizontal lines, open interior spaces, flat roofs with broad overhanging eaves, were thought to evoke and relate to the native prairie landscape.

Green Building also known as sustainable building is the practice of increasing the efficiency with which buildings and their sites use and harvest energy, water, and materials while reducing building impacts on human health and the environment. A design should not only be ecological but also aesthetic and in harmony with it’s surrounding natural and built environment.

Modern Architecture is a term given to a number of building styles with similar characteristics, primarily the simplification of form and the elimination of ornament. These styles first arose around 1900 and by the 1940s had been consolidated and identified as the International Style.

French Country Architecture in the United States began in the late 19th Century. Early home designs with Mansard roofs were popular, but later came the French Eclectic style with very steep hip roofs. This is the main consistent feature of this style as interpreted in the United States.

Tuscan Revival Style is simple yet elegant and organic in nature, reflecting the Tuscan agrarian culture. The palette consists of creamy ivories like the native chalkstone, golden hues that mimic the Tuscan sun, terra cotta tones, of the soil, rich greens of forests, vineyards and pasturelands and the smoky greens of olive orchards. Deep ruby hues like Chianti wine and bright red tomatoes add accents.

The (Craftsman) Bungalow is an all American housing style that has its spiritual roots in India. Native houses in the Bengal province were called “bangla” or “bangala”. British colonists adapted these one-story thatch-roofed huts for use as summer homes and arranged dining rooms, bedrooms, kitchens, and bathrooms around a central living rooms.

Plantation Style is an American Colonial style that developed in the early 1700s in the Mississippi Valley, especially in Louisiana borrowing traditions from France, the Caribbean, and many other parts of the world. These homes were especially designed for the hot, wet climate of that region. The old world traditions were also implemented in Caribbean and Island Style Architecture The form originally evolved from the British, French and Dutch settlers who came to the islands in the 17th and 18th Century to make their fortunes with sugar and fruit plantations. The homes are generally referred to in the Tropics as "Planter's Houses".

Post & Beam Architecture dates back thousands of years, and the techniques of timber framing have been used in many parts of the world during various periods such as ancient Japan, Europe and medieval England. The use of timber framing in buildings offers various aesthetic and structural benefits, as the timber frame lends itself to open plan designs and allows for complete enclosure in effective insulation for energy efficiency.