Dream Home Plans with Mediterranean influences!
By Charles Richardson and Chuck Tripp
Oceanfront porches. Warm sea breezes. Gently lapping waves.
Open, free-flowing design. Whether you live on the beach or not, Mediterranean House Plans capture the magic and romance of the Greek Isles and are ever-increasing in popularity with homeowners, especially in warm locales like the southeastern United States. Mediterranean floor plans give families a multitude of options in terms of features and design. Typically, this style lends itself to rectangular floor plans, lots of windows, and large, impressive exterior facades with grand columns and porches.
The Mediterranean House Plan: functionality meets romance
This particular style genre gained prominence in the States around the turn of the 20th Century. Typical influences can be seen in home designs from the Spanish Renaissance and Spanish Colonial periods. There may also be touches of Italian Renaissance and European Gothic mixed in. Regardless, the Mediterranean style was first adopted by luxury hotels and apartment buildings and quickly gained acceptance with families looking for a more impressive, yet carefree, dream home. Today, the most characteristic feature of a Mediterranean home style is variety. No two homes look alike. And though a Mediterranean design is easy to spot, there are always variations, features, and accents that make each home unique to the family who built it.
Some Common Features of Mediterranean House Designs
- Grand balconies and porticos
- Open design with lots of windows
- Stately terraces and verandas
- Stucco finishes
- Low-pitched tiled roofs
- Prominent arches
- Ornamental exterior detail
- Pergolas, gazebos, or fountains
- Symmetrical pathways and courtyards
Want to design your own Mediterranean dream home?
Mediterranean architecture is an elegant option, perfect for any climate, offering a distinct look that blends with virtually any neighborhood. When selecting your home plan, you have access to our architects who will work to ensure that you capture an open-style home in a manner that honors Mediterranean architecture and highlights your surroundings.