Spanish revival architecture has a lengthy history in the United
States. Though out the last 100 years there have been periods of
renaissance in Spanish architecture.
Spanish revival architecture is popular in Austin, and current
residential building reflects this significant trend. This style
encompasses most architecture with a stone/stucco exterior and a red
barrel tile roof including: Spanish Hacienda, Tuscan, Santa Barbara,
Mediterranean, and Floridian.
In Austin, Tuscan homes tend to utilize more stone than Spanish
Hacienda which are primarily stucco with large covered porches. For
convenience, many homes listed below as Mediterranean reflect only
certain characteristics of this style.
European influenced architecture has a lengthy history in the United
States. During the last 100 years there have been numerous periods of
renaissance in European architecture.
Although Austin architecture has never had a strong european influence,
Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio all have beautiful communities
reflecting a european style. For simplicity, the list below is divided
into French Country, English Country, and a general European category.
In Austin, European and French Country homes are common in Barton
Creek, Davenport Ranch, West Rim, and the Summit.
Texas Regional architecture is a sophisticated style reflective of
modern living, yet utilizing local materials and regional design
techniques. Not to be
confused with Texas Country homes that are typical in the Hill Country.
Although local stone is widely used in regional design, rammed
earth, stucco, and wood siding all complement regional landscape and
provide attractive, environmentally friendly, functional alternatives.
More contemporary designs utilize metal brackets with awnings, and no
divided-lite windows are common.
Southwestern style architecture, generally synonymous with adobe
construction, is elegantly attractive and comfortable to live in.
The Poling Residence and Johnson Residence are contemporary adaptations
of the southwestern style, and the Demers Residence
'2002 Cool Homes Tour' and the Seiler Residence are more traditional
The thick walls characteristic of this style utilize highly energy
efficient wall systems including 'rastra' or 'rammed earth.'
Contemporary refers to floor plans and designs developed with modern
living in mind, but not utilizing a modern style of architecture. These
are comfortable homes in a variety of styles.
Texas Country architecture is very popular in Austin and the Hill
Country. The common use of Austin white limestone has lead to a
A more sophisticated style, Texas Regional, is also influenced by local
materials, but tends to be more modern and elegant, compared to its
There is a fairly strong backlash against Austin white limestone
because of its overuse. Most Texas Country homes that we design now
include a more blended stone with what is called luders and tans.