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A Guide to Popular South Florida Architectural Styles

As Palm Beach contractors, we’ve helped people build projects in a variety of different architectural styles. A single residential development project in Wellington has countless Florida architectural styles it can draw from.


Today, we’ll discuss some of this state’s most notable architectural styles. We hope it will inspire you as you try to determine what you would like your house to look like.

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Art Deco

Art Deco was a major architectural movement in America, acting as a response to the many innovations that had taken place in European design before the 1950’s. Given how creatively fertile that period was, it probably doesn’t come as a surprise that Art Deco flowered in many directions.


The most famous version of Art Deco is probably Skyscraper Style, which used luxury materials and decorations. That said, many Floridians also appreciate Tropical Deco, which took these ideas and added nautical motifs.


Miami Modern

Miami Modern is sometimes confused with Art Deco, which makes sense since the latter influenced the former. That said, it can be distinguished by its playful nature. It draws on science fiction themes much more than Art Deco, reflecting the optimism of the 1950’s.


Some of its distinctive features include:

  • Starbursts

  • Boomerang Angles

  • Pattern Cutouts

  • Curved Surfaces


Mediterranean Revival Mediterranean Revival architecture is popular in Florida, in no small part because both areas are defined by bodies of water. When architects were looking to draw ideas for seafront homes, it made sense they would turn to the Mediterranean.

Mediterranean Revival architecture is defined by its commitment to relaxation and nature. The goal is for the homes to be one with nature, as opposed to dominating it. Mediterranean Revival buildings can be recognized by their:

  • Stucco Walls

  • Red Clay Roof Tiles

  • Large Windows

Spanish Style Florida was originally settled by Spain, so it makes sense that Spanish architecture is still influential to this day. Spanish architecture has many of the same qualities that we see in Mediterranean Revival projects. That said, Mediterranean homes tend to be more extravagant and eye-catching than Spanish ones.

Spanish style is good for homeowners who want a more subtle style, whereas Mediterranean tends to be preferred by property owners looking to make an impression.

Given Florida’s proximity to Cuba, some homeowners wonder if Spanish Style is used frequently in the country. Havana is architecturally diverse, so while you can find Spanish style architecture, there are countless kinds of design to be found in the country.


Vernacular Architecture

Vernacular architecture is a term used to denote the first architectural style that an area develops. Typically, this comes from local materials and ideas. Unfortunately, homeowners can no longer design a house that has Miami’s vernacular architecture, since coral was used extensively in these projects.


That said, while it’s not as popular as some other architectural styles, Florida Cracker buildings can be seen throughout the state.

Palm Beach Contractor Built Florida Vernacular Home

Need Help With Residential Development in Wellington?

You’ve come to the right place. At Fischman Construction, we work with both residential and commercial property owners to build luxury properties. We have many years of experience in this space, which means you can rest easy knowing you’re in good hands.


Do you have any questions about what we can do for you? Are you ready to speak with a construction expert about your project? You can do so via our contact page. We’re always excited to help property owners build their vision!

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