Neo-Mediterranean Home Architecture
While some architects strive desperately to be unique, some architects are looking to update well loved, older styles of homes and architecture. This new style is generally referred to as ‘neo’ which literally translates to ‘new’ in English. Therefore, whenever you come across architecture with the word ‘neo’ placed in front of it, it generally references an updated or modernized version.
Today, there are many varieties of the "neo" home, whether it be a Neo-Colonial, a Neo-Eclectic or even a Neo-Mediterranean.
Characteristics of Neo-Mediterranean Architecture
The Neo-Mediterranean style of architecture is an updated, modern version of traditional Mediterranean homes and architecture.
While the look of the Neo-Mediterranean can vary from architect to architect, as well as from region to region, many of the homes have general similarities. For example, most Neo-Mediterranean homes include a low pitched roof that features red roof tiles. The siding is commonly stucco or a material that closely resembles the stucco look. In addition to these features, many Neo-Mediterranean homes also feature arches placed over windows, doors, and even porches.
The front door is an important part of Mediterranean architecture, so it is no surprise that it also carries it’s importance over to Neo-Mediterranean architecture. It is not uncommon to see large, heavy wooden doors with ornate carvings. Frequently, the top of the door is semicircular rather than rectangular.
Of course, that may be where the similarities end. Some architects choose to enlist a large, Palladian style central window while others may choose to create a large front porch.
Neo-Mediterranean or Spanish Revival
Unfortunately, many who do not know the differences in architecture confuse the Neo-Mediterranean with the Spanish Revival style. However, as Jackie Craven points out: “if you remove the romantic details, a Neo-Mediterranean home [will] resemble a - ranch or raised ranch.”
History of Neo-Mediterranean Homes
Beginning in the mid 1960s, the Neo-Mediterranean has slowly gained in popularity. Today, these homes can be found all across the United States; most notably in the southern half and especially in California and Florida. These areas are ideal for this style of home because much of Florida and California mimic the Mediterranean climate. However, that does not mean that developments of Neo-Mediterranean styled homes do not occasionally appear in the northern half of the United States.
Whatever the case may be, the Neo-Mediterranean is likely to be around for many more years. The clean, romantic look of this home has made it a favorite of Americans all over.