Details from Spain, Italy, and other Mediterranean countries combine with North American ideas to create contemporary Mediterranean or Neo-Mediterranean homes.
Spanish and Italian details mingle with contemporary styling in Neo-Mediterranean style homes.
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Neo-Mediterranean is a Neoeclectic
house style that incoporates a fanciful mix of details suggested by the architecture of Spain, Italy, and Greece, Morocco, and the Spanish Colonies. Realtors often call Neo-Mediterrean houses Mediterranean
Neo-Mediterranean houses have many of these features:
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- Low-pitched roof
- Red roof tiles
- Stucco siding
- Arches above doors, windows, or porches
- Heavy carved wooden doors
to get a better sense of this style's typical characteristics.
A Neo-Mediterranean home may resemble the much earlier Spanish Revival style. However, Neo-Mediterranean homes are not careful recreations of Spanish Colonial architecture. If you remove the romantic decorative details, a Neo-Mediterranean home is more likely to resemble a no-nonsense, all-American Ranch or Raised Ranch.