Spanish house

Spanish home style

Spanish House The Spanish style revived the architectural traditions of the early Spanish colonies, themselves based on the fanciful Moorish and Mediterranean motifs that influenced residences in the old country. These evocative homes are sometimes called Spanish Eclectic houses in honor of their diverse influences. Natural in both tropical or oceanside settings as well as the desert southwest, Spanish home plans are most popular in Florida, Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, and California, though elements of the style may appear in homes all over the country.


 




 

Spanish home architecture

Spirited and expressive, Spanish Revival house plans are all about making family, friends, and entertaining comfortable and relaxed. Thick masonry walls coated in stucco and red tile roofs function to keep the interior cool. Spanish floor plans may be arranged around a central courtyard, where shaded galleries block the hot sun and provide outdoor living space. The most elaborate of the Southwest styles, Spanish home plans may feature towers or turrets, romantic balconies, fancifully shaped columns, and wrought iron details.
 
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Spanish House Plans encompass Spanish Colonial Revival style, Spanish Moorish style, and even the California Mission style. Spanish style plans draw on the heritage and architectural details of America's Spanish-colonial architecture found in California, the Southwest, Texas, and Florida. Spanish style homes feature red-tile roofs, stucco walls, and patios.
 
Spanish Colonial Revival houses tend to have thick walls to create cool interiors that make them well suited to warm southern climates. Smooth white plaster wall surfaces contrast with heavy wrought-iron ornamentation around windows and doors, distinctively carved and shaped columns, and patterned tile or ceramic floor and stairway treatments bring touches of Andalusia and other parts of Old Spain -- as well as Mexico -- to the Spanish house plan.
 
Spanish floor plans tend to have an asymmetrical front with small, irregularly placed windows and heavy, rounded doors with decorative carving. Santa Barbara architect George Washington Smith was one of the most influential early practitioners of the Spanish Colonial Revival style, which became popular after it was used for major buildings at the Panama-Pacific Exposition in San Diego of 1915 (some, by architect Bertram Goodhue, still exist).
 
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Spanish Colonial Typically located in the American South, Southwest and California. Identifying features: One story, flat roof or flat roof with a low pitch, earth, thatch or clay tile roof covering, thick walls made with rocks, coquina, or adobe brick coated with stucco, several exterior doors, small windows, originally without glass, wooden or wrought iron bars across the windows, interior shutters. Spanish or Spanish Revival house plans feature heavy ornamentation inspired by the Spanish and Moorish architectural traditions.
 
Found primarily in the southwest, Texas, California, and Florida, Spanish Revival home designs draw on the heritage and architectural detail of America's Spanish colonial history. The red tile roofs and thick stuccoed walls serve to keep the interior cool in hot southern climates. Spanish homes often feature expansive layouts with imposing towers or turrets.

 
 

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The most fanciful of the Southwest styles, Spanish house plans feature heavy ornamentation inspired by the Spanish and Moorish architectural traditions, with carved and shaped columns, wrought iron details at the windows and doors, and tiled floors, sometimes in elaborate patterns. These diverse influences sometimes lead them to be called Spanish Eclectic houses. Spanish floor plans are designed for entertaining, both indoors and out, with great gathering rooms and extensive lanais.

 

Architectural features:
- Low-pitched roof clad in red clay tile
- Smooth stucco covers masonry walls
- Asymmetrical façade with small, irregularly placed windows
- Decorative carving common on heavy wooden doors and window shutters

Other decorative elements include arched entryways, towers and turrets, small balconies, and wrought ironwork.