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FEATURED Spanish Style Homes
IN Stafford, VA
The Spanish style housing enhanced the architectural traditions of the early Spanish colonies, themselves founded on the fanciful Moorish and Mediterranean motifs that influenced homes in the old country. These evocative homes are occasionally called Spanish Eclectic houses in honour of their diverse influences. Natural in both tropical or ocean side surroundings as well as the desert southwest, Spanish homes are very popular all over.
Spanish style homes have a classical beauty which you can seldom find elsewhere. Usually asymmetrical in layout and exhibiting arched doorways, small balconies, rounded roof tiles, stucco exterior walls, courtyard entrances and lush green natural backyards, they exhibit an alluring Mediterranean appeal that is hard to miss.
Spirited and expressive, Spanish style condos are all about creating family, friends, and entertaining comfortable and laid back. Thick masonry walls covered in stucco and red tile roofs function to keep the interior cool. Spanish floor plans may be organized around a central courtyard, where shady galleries block the hot sun and provide outdoor living space. The most complex of the Southwest styles, Spanish homes may feature towers or turrets, romantic balconies, fancifully formed columns, and wrought iron details.
Spanish style townhouses are designed with attributes derived from Spanish style homes. They typically are stucco with thick wood trim and tile roofs, and contain many arches, both in spacious porches and in windows. This treatment is often expanded to the interior as well.
Spanish style homes range from modest one-story ranches to large luxury homes and are usually asymmetrical for an fascinating façade. The roofs are low-pitched or even level and are almost always covered with trademark terracotta tiles that are very heat tolerant and can resist the strong Southern sun where these homes are often built. Typically there is an passageway with a series of arched openings supported by columns and arched windows generating drama both inside and out. Stucco often covers the exterior, creating a impressive contrast to the red tile roof.
Interior elements such as vaulted ceilings, columns, and archways determine living areas while maintaining a breezy and open feel. Site the living areas as close as feasible to the rear yard, because warm afternoon air and cool night breezes will draw visitors to your outside living area. Build a covered lanai or enclosed courtyard and yard with palm trees, cacti, and other drought tolerant plants. Install a chiminea or full hearth to add another architectural element and warm guests on cool nights. For the greatest in luxury, construct a full outdoor kitchen with grill, stove, and fridge for the greatest of ease in outdoor entertaining.
In hot, waterless climates, stucco-clad adobe walls are remarkably long-lasting. However, when located in chillier, wetter climates, adobe bricks can shrink and swell, causing the protective stucco to split or pull away from the interior wall. These Spanish style homes might demand minor patches or complete resurfacing to prevent serious moisture problems. Cracked stucco can also be indicative of foundation problems.
Spanish Style homes for sale can be found all over the internet, as it is a very desirable style.