As each day passes, we lose more of our historic homes, not just by the wrecking ball but by improper restorations. Thoughtless “upgrades” can do more damage than a leaky roof. Traditional architectural details work together to convey a certain feeling when we view a home. Symmetry, balance, proportion and repetition work together in our brain to create this look we call “beauty”.
They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but authentic details and design based on fundamental principles of structure and proportion resonate with every eye.
According to the U.S. Department of the Interior, a building 50 years old or older is considered historic. But what era is your home?
COLONIAL: Characterized by symmetry, Colonial homes have rectangular shape with ordered windows, sometimes grouped in pairs, and a centered entry. Typically, they are two stories, though some may have porches that encompass both floors.
VICTORIAN: Named for Britain’s Queen Victoria, the style originated during her reign and lasted almost as long as her reign, which is why we have so many of these beautiful homes today. Characterized by multistoried, sometimes turreted, high pitched rooflines, wrap around porches, high ceilings, asymmetrical design and ornate woodwork, especially on the exterior. It was popular to paint the exteriors in many different colors earning these lovely homes the nickname “Painted Ladies”.
BUNGALOW: After the extravagance of the Victorian era, came the “back to the woods” era which produced the Bungalow. It was a time of getting back to nature, austerity, sleeping porches and everything natural. They started in the early 1900’s and are characterized by low ceilings, stained woodwork, simple design that mimicked patterns of nature. asymmetrical design, low pitched roofs and large overhangs. They are typically 1 1/2 stories.
MEDITERRANEAN: Influenced by the sunny countries that border the Mediterranean Sea, Spain, Italy and Greece, this style suites Florida with our warm, seacoast climate. Characterized by exterior walls of stucco commonly painted white or a sunny, neutral color, barrel tile roofs, up to two stories, large windows, interior courtyards, balconies, columns and arched doorways.