Did you say you want a French Country Design?
Today, “French Country” is the most popular style home design that the public demands for a newly constructed home. Back in the late 70’s a “Contemporary” or “Spanish” home was the style and now they are dated. In the late 80’s and early 90’s, “The Acadian” style home was the fashion… they remain timeless. The speculative builder had to find a new style home from the “Acadian” due to the lack of appraisal value for the costly front porches.
Now the demand is for the “French Country” style home, with a minimum sized front porch or just a small recessed entry porch. The “French Country” style is a mixture of French Caribbean, New Orleans Vieux Carre’, Creole style abodes, Acadian, French Colonial… you name it. You will see in all of these styles a mix of Caribbean, board, louver or paneled shutters, French doors, arched windows, dormers, stucco, brick, siding, bay windows, cypress window headers and carriage garage doors. (Pause and take a breath)
Also popular, in the more expensive homes you will find copper shed roofs and vents, wrought iron brick/stucco wing walls with gas lanterns, court yards, ridge tiles, exposed rafter tails, finials and weather vanes on steep bell roofs of various heights. Drop all of these items in a bag, grab a hand full and we can create an original, new “French Country” design just for you.
Ross Hebert, 2015
DesignTech Residential Planners, Inc.