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explore some of the homes in our modern style collection
explore some of the homes in our transitional collection
explore some of the homes in our mediterranean collection
explore some of the homes in our American traditional collection
Arts & Craftsman
explore some of the homes in our arts & craftsman collection
explore some of the homes in our New Orleans collection
While modern architecture developed its style as a direct result of the machine age of the early 1900’s, contemporary architecture is not confined to one particular stylistic vein. Contemporary architecture derives its approach from the innovations and modernizations of the moment. It looks into the future for inspiration and stylistic ideas.
Contemporary architecture trends of the modern era consist of the use of sustainable, environmentally friendly, nontoxic, and recycled components and materials; and rectilinear shapes, flatter roofs, open floor plans and single or pane-less windows.
A Contemporary home offers the sleek, open and clean design of a modern home but with the freedom to add ornamentation through material selection. Contemporary homes act as a suitable compromise between Modern and more traditional design, allowing the homeowner to benefit from the use of innovative and elaborate components without offending the strict guidelines of Modern architecture.
Modern architecture draws its influences from the ideas and developments of the machine age of the early twentieth century. From this age, modern architecture adopted features like lack of embellishment, structures comprised of concrete or steel, open floor plans, large glass stretches, and minimal exterior detail. The essence of modernism lays in the phrase “form follows function” made famous by Louis Sullivan, inventor of the modern skyscraper. The phrase signifies that purpose should exclusively inform design.
The land on which a modern home sits greatly influences its design. A continuous connection between indoor and outdoor spaces and adaptation to the physical characteristics of the land drive the fundamental design decisions of modern architecture. This quality explains the frequent use of glass walls in modern homes, which help connect the outside to the inside.
The openness of a united kitchen, dinning and living spaces generates flow that one can direct onto a specific path using barriers. This flow can continue to the outdoors through the popular use of rooms that open onto patios.
Modernism provides a home of sleek, clean and elegant design character. By embracing the strict guidelines of modern architecture, a modern home achieves simplicity, functionality, and connectedness to its surroundings.
Transitional architecture refers to the blending of two distinct architectural styles. With the advancement of technology and building techniques, architects experiment with combining elements from differing architectural categories. Some examples of the hybrid creations possible are Romanesque fused with Victorian or Greek Revival merged with French Colonial. Often times these homes feature traditional elements such as porches, columns, and gabled roofs in a variety of arrangements.
The nature of transitional architecture allows the homeowner greater freedom to customize. However, generally the first floor consists of the gathering spaces and the second contains the bedrooms. This layout provides the option for openness between the kitchen, dinning and living spaces on the main floor and privacy on the second floor. Transitional architecture fits those seeking the comfort, flow and openness of modern design in certain areas of their home and the privacy and seclusion of traditional design in the other areas.
Mediterranean architecture is an amalgamation of design styles from early Spanish, Italian, French and Portuguese architecture that developed in the US beginning in 1918 and remained popular into the 1940’s. Largely influencing the design of the growing coastal resorts of Florida and California during the 1920’s and 30’s were the palaces and beachfront villas of the Mediterranean.
The distinctive style of Mediterranean architecture encompasses rectangular floor plans, red tilted tile roofs (usually terracotta), stucco finishes, circular or arched windows, and courtyards featuring glamorous gardens.
The typical rectangular floor plan causes division and the creation of hallways and porticos that separate living spaces. This disconnection between rooms establishes seclusion, providing the homes inhabitants’ varied spaces for an array of places to nest. The Mediterranean style is more romantic and less pragmatic and cold than modernism
American Traditional architecture developed from British Colonialism of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The homes built during the first two centuries of America’s founding guide the American Traditional style.
An American Traditional home incorporates a brick exterior, a porch or stoop braced by bold columns, gabled roof, and traditional ornamentation derived from the Victorian era. The exterior typically contains symmetrically proportioned façade, doorway and windows.
Each room within the home has a distinct purpose. The living style created by an American Traditional home is comparable to the living style created by a cottage. This type of home suits those seeking refined, decorative and ornamental details that aggregate to form an opulent living space.
Arts and Crafts architecture grew from the British arts and crafts movement of the 1850’s, which was a response to the effects of rapid industrialization. The movement’s objectives were to improve working conditions, to create a design approach motivated by and in agreement with nature, and to establish the home as a sanctuary and an escape from industrial society.
On arriving in America, this philosophy flourished with the help of Gustave Stickley and his magazine The Craftsman. The Craftsman published home building related articles, house plans and furniture designs. Between 1900 and 1930 within the US, the craftsman style home became the most popular affordable working class home.
Ideologically, the craftsman style seeks to create simple; functional yet beautiful; nature friendly; and well planned, thought out and crafted homes. The goal is to generate an easier home life leading to a healthier, more productive and more comfortable home environment. Distinctive characteristics of the craftsman style include, broad eaves, low-pitched roofs, sizeable front porches and visible structural wood.
Arts & Craftsman
New Orleans style architecture draws insight from the French colonial homes of the eighteenth and nineteenth century found in the French Quarter of New Orleans. These homes include double gallery style layouts, porches and balconies framed by thin iron columns, and intricately crafted cornices and crown molding.
This style of architecture has undergone Americanization as it has become less ornamental than the French Baroque and Rococo styles from which it originates. It shares stylistic similarities to a Chateau but lacks the excessive interior space. And also shares similar ornamentation to American Traditional architecture but to a more ostentations extent.
Incorporated into these homes are more traditional layouts where each space has its own distinction and purpose. The extensive porch and balcony additions of New Orleans architecture suits those in want of an outdoors space but who dislike the upkeep a backyard requires.
The style of your home is what defines you. Our experience and expertise is vast in the many architectural styles available. Please browse and view some of the beautiful homes we have had the opportunity to deliver to our clients.
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