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Hacienda style homes, the Spanish Charmer

Hacienda style homes, sometimes called the "Spanish Charmer" transports the visitor to old Mexico.

The style shows influence of the Spanish in its tendency to sport low, red-tiled roofs and Spanish tile on the interior.

Hacienda Style Home

It is normally a structure built of natural adobe or stucco. Vigas protrude through the exterior walls and grace the interior ceilings. The stucco, or adobe outer walls might protrude above the roof in a Native American style similar to the Santa Fe or Pueblo style home.

A front porch creates a quiet place to relax and enjoy coffee and a relaxing morning retreat. Often, the porch is surrounded by a protective courtyard. A cool and refreshing garden provides protection from a more harsh desert landscape outside.

Porches and courtyards are popular in the rear of a Hacienda style home as well. Places to relax and reflect on the day's events make such a retreat an ideal extension of the indoor space into the outdoors.

Windows are few and small and interiors of a Hacienda style home is dark and cool. Many rooms have doors that open onto porches, inviting residents to partake in the outdoors.

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