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Spanish Colonial Style Homes are a blend of various influences.

Spanish Styles

Most Spanish Colonial Style homes are described by the term Spanish Colonial, or Spanish Colonial Revival Style.

The Spanish Revival Style, or sometimes called Mediterranean architecture incorporates features from Mediterranean countries like Spain, Portugal or Italy. The influences of northern Africa and Mexico are also apparent.

Some of the features of this type of home also incorporates features of Hopi and Pueblo Indian dwellings into their design.

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Whatever you want to call this style, the tiled courtyards and stucco archways combine into a charming style of home that is popular with many Southwestern US residents. Perhaps the simplest way to describe these homes is the term Spanish Eclectic.

Spanish Style Home

Spanish inspired houses usually have these features:

  • Flat or low-pitched roof (typically with red clay tile) and little overhang
  • Red roof tiles
  • Little or no overhanging eaves
  • Stucco siding
  • Arches, especially above doors, porch entries and main windows
  • White stucco walls over brick
  • Asymmetrical front with small, irregularly placed windows
  • Doors often heavy with decorative carving common on heavy wooden doors and windows.
  • Wrought-iron fixtures, and balcony railings
  • Arched entryways; low round or square towers.
  • Rectangular or L-plan
  • Predominantly one-story

Some Spanish inspired homes have:

  • Asymmetrical shape with cross-gables and side wings
  • Spiral columns and pilasters
  • Carved stonework or cast ornaments
  • Patterned tile floors and wall surfaces
  • Interior or exterior courtyards
  • Asymmetrical shape with cross-gables and side wings

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