Mediterranean-style architecture is based on traditional Mediterranean
building techniques. The goal of Mediterranean-style design is to build
a structure that can stay cool and breezy in the hot sun baked climate
in the Mediterranean. General features include shallow, sloping roofs
using bright terra cotta roof tiles. The roofs overhang the walls--a
feature used in the Mediterranean to provide extra shade. Most Mediterranean
homes employ a courtyard in front of a house, as part of the driveway,
or inside the floor plan. This encourages an open, breezy feel.
Mediterranean architecture includes lots of large, open arches and
windows. These are designed to take advantage of any breeze coming
though the house. Traditionally, Mediterranean houses are constructed
with stucco walls. These walls remain unpainted, giving Mediterranean
homes a bright, clean appearance.