The Neo-French Style is immediately identifiable by the steep pitch of the roof along with flared eaves. The design hails back to French Eclectic homes built in the United States between 1920 and 1935. Some homes come with a telltale conical roof atop a tower, with false half-timbered exteriors. Their forebears are the Creole homes found in Mississippi and Louisiana. The Neo-French-styled homes may pick up accents such as wooden columns, sweeping porches and galleries, and French doors, while at the same time providing larger rooms, modern conveniences, and two-car garages.
Emerging in the late 1970s, the Neo-French style shares a kinship with Neo-Mansard, Neo-colonial, Neoclassical Revival, Neo-Victorian Neo-Tudor, and Neo-Mediterranean styles, but with a distinctive French, West Indies, or Caribbean flair. Entryways are open to the taste of the designer, and can include covered porches or open stairways. Wrap-around porches can unify several rooms with a common exterior space.
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