Spanish Colonial Revival
The red clay tile roof and crisp white stucco façade are what set Spanish Colonial homes apart. This classic Colonial style comes with many Spanish and Mexican influences, from the texture and crisp look of stucco to the ambience of outdoor courtyards and arched entryways.
Many Spanish Colonials can be found in New Mexico, Florida and California, as the thick stucco exterior makes them well suited to withstand those hot climates. These homes are built with small windows strategically placed to capture breezes. The windows often are sealed by wrought iron grates and have wooden shutters.
The courtyards were originally added as a way to move the cooking outdoors, thus reducing the heat indoors. Today, they also make perfect gathering spots for casual conversation and dining.
This variation on the popular Colonial style adds a classic look to any neighborhood, with minimal detailing except around the arches, entrance ways and windows. Those who want more ornamentation turn to bright Spanish tiles, decorative chimney tops and square towers.
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