When you live in an extreme climate, every decision you make is based on one thing; survival. All your choices are narrowed down to practicality and necessity to give you the best life you can have in the harsh conditions. Think about the desert for example. Most of the buildings there are made from stone, dirt and clay because those are the materials readily available. Of course the homes that come to mind are the Spanish style homes. You’ll usually find them in hot dry places with cacti in the gardens and sun warmed tiles on the roof, a perfect example of living in an extreme climate. Here’s everything you need to know about Spanish homes that might just convince you to move to the desert.
Spanish architecture was first seen in America in 1915 at the Panama-California Exposition in San Diego. Architect Bertram Goodhue designed a structure he called the California Quadrangle in Balboa Park. This example of stucco walls and red tiled roofs went wild in the American west. Architects began constructing homes with these features all the way through the 50’s.
The majority of Spanish homes found today are a blend of styles. While maintaining the classic stucco walls and red tiled roofs, you might find a Mission style bell tower or a Monterey style second floor balcony. Since it’s features are ever evolving, it’s easier to lump it under the Spanish style label because that’s what it’s become. With all the different examples of Spanish homes, the options are limitless, making it a great opportunity for home builders.
One of the first things you might notice about a Spanish style home is the white walls. Often times the stucco is painted white because white reflects the sun instead of retaining it’s heat. A good practical choice for a desert home.
The second biggest defining feature of a Spanish home are the red tiled roofs. Clay is easy to come by in desert areas so it makes sense to utilize the material for your home. Not to mention the major detail it provides the exterior of your house.