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SpanishStyle Architecture a Perfect Fit for New Homes in Wimberley Texas

By: Phineas Gray
Category : Construction and Maintenance
June 19, 2013

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Wimberley, TX is a small town in the Hill Country with a population of less than 3,000. The size of the town, as well as its location among the scenic and rolling hills of central Texas make it an ideal place to raise a family or live away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Located twenty-eight miles southwest of Austin, Wimberley is an easy commute for those who work in the city. Because of the hot summers and definite Hispanic influence in the area, it is common to see Spanish-style Wimberley homes. If you are thinking of building a home in the area, Spanish-style architecture has a contemporary look while still paying homage to the history and culture of the area.

Spanish-style homes are actually built in the tradition of New World Spanish Colonial architecture, heavily influenced by the Spanish Revival style of the early 20th century. Other types of Spanish-style architecture include Spanish mission style, and Spanish eclectic, and Monterey style. All of these homes are set apart by common features such as stucco exteriors, wood trim, clay roof tiles, and the liberal use of arches as a design element. Stucco walls and the arch motif continue inside, along with exposed beams, clay tile floors, and decorative tiles. Mission style houses are inspired by the colonial missions and churches and feature elements such as bell towers, parapets, and recessed porches. Spanish eclectic homes were popular in the 1940’s and 50’s and blended multiple genres of Spanish architecture. These homes featured unique elements such as stained glass, turrets, decorative floor tiles, and scrolled iron work on the windows.   The defining feature of Monterey style homes is a long balcony that extends the length of the second floor. Each of these styles can provide unique inspiration for Spanish-style Wimberley homes.

Windows are a defining feature of Wimberley homes built in the Spanish style, and there are multiple options for your custom built home. The most common window feature of these homes is the arch, which can be used on standard glass or stained glass. Stained glass windows are usually only used as accents or in sidelights on either side of the door. Standard glass windows are often adorned with decorative window grills, usually made of wrought iron with elaborate scrolls. Other Spanish-style homes use shutters, both to decorate their homes and to block the hot midday and summer sun.

Wimberley homes built in the Spanish style are attractive and timeless, looking right at home amidst the rolling hills and vast blue Texas sky. If you are considering building a home in the area, talk to your architect or builder about Spanish-style designs. Your builder can help you design your dream home in the Texas Hill Country.

Zbranek & Holt Custom Homes is a firm that has been building Wimberley homes and houses in the greater Austin area for over 34 years. We are committed to highly individualized service, attention to detail, excellent craftsmanship, and sustainable building practices. In 2011, the Austin Business Journal named us Custom Home Builder of the Year. For more information, call us at 512-261-0344 or visit our website at.