Vernacular Design in Central Florida...

posted Apr 16, 2013, 4:24 AM by Keith Groninger   [ updated Nov 4, 2013, 7:42 AM ]

The term "traditional" can paint a picture in someone's head, so it might be best to avoid its use. There are numerous traditional vernacular styles, from Mediterranean to Modern to Colonial. We like to refer to regionally historic designs as being "timeless". A home with timeless design, maintains its appeal long after the current trend has gone out of style.

Vernacular design is found throughout established communities across the United States. Most regionally specific designs were developed as a result of climate conditions but some were brought along by the immigrants that settled there. Within Florida, the Florida Cracker and Mizner Mediterranean styles are the most recognized. Winter Park and Downtown Orlando actually have a few vernacular styles that help to tell a little story about the history of the area.
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