Spanish Colonial homes are frequently single story. They are characterized by:
- thick stucco-clad walls
- wood support beams
- flat roofs
- inner courtyards
- terracotta tiles
In San Diego these can predominantly be found in La Mesa, Mission Hills, Rancho Santa Fe, La Jolla, Point Loma, National City, and Kensington.
You can easily identify a Tudor Revival by their:
- multi-paned windows
- pitched roofs
- focal chimneys
- timber decorated exteriors
There was a big revival of the Tudor style home in the first half of the 1900’s. Look for this style in Bankers Hill, Kensington, and Coronado. Historic Home Painting is important for these tudor homes.
These homes were built primarily by Frank Lloyd Wright and originating in the mid west. Consequently, Prairie Style homes are known for:
- open flowing spaces
- horizontal lines, and horizontal bands of windows
- low-pitched roofs
- wide eaves
Mission Hills is where this style home was built between 1910 and 1920.
The Midcentury modern architectural style began with the beliefs of social change and a better society in the post-World War II era. However this style really began in the 1930s up until the late 1970s. These homes can be found in many neighborhoods like:
- La Jolla
- Coastal San Diego
- Old Del Mar
The Greene brothers in Pasadena California were inspired by the English Arts and Crafts movement. It all began with the Japanese architecture they saw at the World’s Columbian Exhibition when they began designing Craftsman homes. These Craftsman Bungalow homes are famous for:
- their low-pitched gabled roofs
- partially paned front doors
- built-in cabinetry
- single dormers
- tapered columns
- multi-paned windows
- beams under deep roof eaves, and front porches.
Especially relevant examples of these historic homes can be found predominantly in the Park West, Point Loma, Golden Hill, Kensington, and around the North Park area of San Diego.
Sprinkled throughout San Diego you will notice Victorian homes. The outstanding features are:
- towers, turrets, decorative trim, stained glass, and spindles.
- narrow and tall with an asymmetrical design and large windows
Originating from an Exposition in Paris in 1925, Art Deco designs are also referred to as style modern. These homes feature:
- block-like construction
- sleek linear appearance
- geometrical design accents
Most noteworthy are those homes located in La Mesa, Ocean Beach, Point Loma, and National City.
Through the years the facades of older homes will experience cracking and peeling. Consequently, incremental damage occurs as the moist wind of the pacific beats on the exterior of your home. Restoration processes and overall maintenance is continual job. So keeping the beautiful aesthetic of the historic museums, art centers, and theaters of San Diego is integral to their overall beauty. Likewise for many of the beautiful homes of San Diego. A great exterior paint job can change not only the look but the feel of your home. In addition, depending on the type of paint, it can also provide many other benefits: