Features of Neoeclectic Homes:
- Constructed in the 1960s or later
- Historic styles imitated using modern materials like vinyl or imitation stone
- Details from several historic styles combined
- Details from several cultures combined
- Brick, stone, vinyl, and composite materials combined
About Neoeclectic HousesDuring the late 1960s, a rebellion against modernism and a longing for more traditional styles influenced the design of modest tract housing in North America. Builders began to borrow freely from a variety of historic traditions, offering Neoeclectic (or, Neo-eclectic) houses that were "customized" using a mixture of features selected from construction catalogs. These homes are sometimes called Postmodern because they borrow from a variety of styles without consideration for continuity or context. However, Neoeclectic homes are not usually experimental and do not reflect the artistic vision you would find in a truly original, architect-designed postmodern home.
Critics use the term McMansion to describe a Neoeclectic home that is over-sized and pretentious. Coined from the McDonald's fast food restaurant, the name McMansion implies that these homes are hastily assembled using cheaply-made materials and a menu of mix-and-match decorative details.
- Neocolonial House Style
- Neo-mediterranean House Style
- Postmodern House Style
- Neotraditional Architecture