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.