Mediterranean "Style" Architecture

Hill Country Mediterranean

Very few brand new residences are built along the north Mediterranean coastline. This land and culture is ancient and has been inhabited for thousands of years. Additions and remodels are far more common. Today, a modern, contemporary Mediterranean custom residence is likely to be an addition or remodel of an existing structure that may have been built 500 years ago.

Ancient SculptureTo integrate the illusion of age into your design, why not build a portion of your new residence to look as if it is ancient? A masonry wall, floor or fireplace could be built using Old World methods to make it appear 500 years old. Custom made wood windows and wrought iron work can be made to appear old. Antique, salvaged wood beams and mortise and tenon wood trusses can be left exposed to further enhance the impression that what you have done is restored, added onto and modernized a 500 year old cottage. To be a traditional Mediterranean residence, and not a Mediterranean 'style' residence, it is crucial it not appear to have been designed by one architect and built by one builder in 1999! Rather, it is a building evolution from an ancient stone cottage to a modern, traditional Mediterranean residence, passed down and added onto through the generations, as would be likely in the Mediterranean region.

All of the vernacular building materials of the Mediterranean region are readily available in the Texas Hill Country. Their design characteristics for capturing the view, building on sloping sites and creating outdoor living areas that shade the interior are equally appropriate to our area and climate. The final element of age may be incorporated if you are so inclined. If executed with skill and sensitivity by your architect, your new custom residence, addition or remodel will look as appropriate and organic in the Texas Hill Country as it would in Monte Carlo!

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Illusion of Age

"To integrate the illusion of age into your design, why not build a portion of your new residence to look as if it is ancient? A masonry wall, floor or fireplace could be built using Old World methods to make it appear 500 years old."

Mark Canada

 

Vaughn-Dammann Residence

Vaughn-Dammann Residence

 

Mortisse and Tenon

A mortise and tenon joint consists of a 'tongue' (tenon) that slots into a hole (mortise) cut in the mating piece of timber.