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Mexican architecture: 4 types of houses that you can find

Photo of a colonial house in Mexico City

Mexican architecture is as diverse and extreme as the country itself, resulting in an eclectic mix of styles which can be found in residences.

Mexican houses contain visual and aesthetic representations of – modern Mexican urban styles, the legacy of colonial architecture and also the essence of pre-colonial adobe type units. All of these specimens exhibit their variant colors, materials and spatial arrangements; thus fusing flourishing vivaciousness with dollops of historical flavor.

1. The Mexican Style House

Modern Mexican style houses are not so different from those found in the United States and Mexico, as far as furnishings and amenities. It is common for high-middle class residents to prefer older 18th century Spanish style houses that feature typical stone or stucco walls, with red tiles roofs and arched ceilings.

The outer facades are matched by vibrant color combinations inside of the home, such as orange, red, coral, tangerine and vermilion. These homes have the same level of comfort and amenities found in their more modern styled counterparts.

2. Adobe style homes

Modern adobe houses can be found in Mexican downtown urban areas. Adobe (or sun dried) brick constructions have their origins in Aztec style architecture, when regular inhabitants resided in nominal huts with one or two rooms and minimal window openings. This allowed them to maintain the house insulated from heat. Modern versions of these homes are typically found in the hot Caribbean region of the country, with the buildings displaying multi-level patios and rustic wooden trellises. Another unique feature of such residences relates to the flat roofs with overextending ‘vigas’. The ceiling materials generally comprise of wood sections, while the flooring is covered in traditional tiles.

3. Hacienda style homes in Mexico

Moving on to the upscale realm of Mexican homes, the Hacienda (estate) style housing units are found throughout Mexico and even in the south-western regions of the United States. Archetypal with their relatively low heights (at the most, going up to two levels) and expansive plans, the buildings are accompanied by their huge compounds.

The all round spaciousness is represented by ample cobblestone-floored patios, large brick fireplaces in the huge living room and extensive courtyards or central spaces (sometimes bedecked with marble fountains) around which the low-leveled building is located. In terms of planning, the user oriented spatial zones are actually separate from each other, with family rooms privately detached from utility spaces such as kitchens.

4. Spanish style Mexican villas

Finally, we come to the opulent Spanish villas; the types of extravagant mansions frequently encountered in movies and games as safe dens of drug lords and criminal honchos. Of course, that is blatantly stereotyping the exquisite Mexican style house, which in itself has its origin during colonial times when Spanish conquistadors and settlers replicated the architecture of their home country in the architecture of Mexico.

As we can visualize from the image, the spread-out construction once again harks back to the white stucco walls and red tile roofs, while some intricate windows showcase their flourishing arches. As a nod to legacy, the entrance doors are typically made from wood, while the estates boast of a flurry of fountains and symmetrical garden patches. Sometimes the mansions are built around a central courtyard, which is ostentatiously floored in cobblestone and decorated with flower bearing plants.

Source: Home Harminizing

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