Spanish Colonial design – an exceptionally popular architectural style in Scottsdale’s most prestigious golf communities – was the primary home style in areas of the U.S. that were settled by Spaniards from the 1600s to the mid-1800s. This architecture was built across a large geographic area, so these homes were marked by small style distinctions. Notably, in Arizona, the homes were built with thick walls (usually white stucco over adobe brick or stone to keep them cool), and nearly always, they feature red barrel tile roofs with low pitches.
The primary characteristic of Spanish Colonial homes, though, is their casual and warm feel. These types of homes, while built out of practical necessity in earlier centuries, are now spectacular design choices and come appointed with modern amenities that their predecessors didn’t have. Really, the key to this type of architecture is that it captures the imagination and serves as an ideal example for homes in the Southwest.
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Examples of Spanish Colonial Architecture in Scottsdale Homes for Sale
The carefully arched doorways along this home’s charming corredor – a long, external porch that was also called a portale – are classic examples of Spanish Colonial architecture. In the 1600s, colonists built these narrow porches to line side yards and courtyards to connect add-on rooms as homes grew larger; these types of homes didn’t often feature hallways that you’ll find in their modern counterparts. Doorways inside these homes were also arched, reminiscent of homes in Spain at the time.
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Spanish Colonial Fusion
Spanish Colonial fusion – the architectural style when traditional design meets modern amenities – incorporates built-in design, such as brick arches and accents between rooms and combinations of layered lighting schemes like you see here. These ultra-modern homes are adorned with built-in style, relying heavily on design to blend beauty and functionality.
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Exposed Wooden Support Beams
Exposed wooden support beams are characteristic of Spanish Colonial architecture, although you typically won’t find them in every home. In this spectacularly designed home’s dining room, two large beams hold true to Spanish Colonial style –in the past, these beams would’ve been throughout the entire home and used as a decorative design feature to add beauty and warmth to the space.
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Lavish Interior Courtyards
An inner courtyard was a must-have in traditional Spanish Colonial design, like this home features. The courtyard was typically used for cooking, which generated a lot of heat and steam; today, they’re ideal spots for outdoor kitchens, swimming pools and extended outdoor living space. Because the Spanish colonists were highly social, these informal gathering places were in nearly every home during the 1600s, 1700s and 1800s.
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Building materials on Spanish Colonial homes – typically stucco-clad adobe walls – thrive in hot, arid climates. And while many of these homes were built with flat roofs in the past, now it’s common to find slopes accented with chimneys, skylights and solar panels that bring this style well into the 21st century.
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