Video:Characteristics of a Neo-Mediterranean Home Stylewith Jen D'Amore
Mediterranean home architecture gets a modern update with Neo-Mediterranean floor plans. Watch this video to learn more about Neo-Mediterranean home styles.See Transcript
Transcript:Characteristics of a Neo-Mediterranean Home Style
Hi, I'm Jen D'Amore for About.com and this video is all about the characteristics of the Neo-Mediterranean Home Style.
Influenced by the architecture of Spain, Italy, and Greece, Neo-Mediterranean homes can be found around the states, especially in warmer climates.
Updating Classic Mediterranean Home Architecture
Rather than copying Spanish colonial architecture, as Spanish Revival style does, Neo-Mediterranean borrows a few recognizable features. In fact, without those features, it may look more like a Ranch.
Mediterranean Architecture Characteristics
Probably the first thing one notices about the cityscapes of Italy are the terracotta-roof tiles, and that feature will also be found in Neo-mediterranean homes, along with a low pitched roof and stucco sided walls.
Stucco is breathable, sustainable, and fire resistant.Pigment can be added to the stucco, so it wont even need to be painted.Other features you'll find are heavy carved wooden doors, and arches above windows, doors, and even porches.
Home Floor Plans
Floor plans and features will vary depending on the architect. Neo-Mediterranean style homes have continued to gain in popularity since their introduction in the 60s. The style and materials used are an especially good fit in the warmer climates, where Neo-Mediterranean developments have dominated some landscapes.
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