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Choosing a Transitional Home Exterior Design

Choosing a Transitional Home Exterior Design
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How To Combine Architectural Styles For An Appealing Look

One of the hottest trends in new construction today is the transitional home. Put simply, a transitional home is one that combines two architectural styles. It may mean mixing elements of farmhouse design with touches of Tuscan design, or starting with Spanish architecture and adding traditional elements. By blending ideas from each style, you can create a fresh design that aligns with your own tastes.

There are several key elements that are central to creating a transitional home exterior to set your home apart from the rest.

Color: Most transitional homes are designed with contrasting shades to add depth. This usually means having neutral-colored siding with pops of color used on doors and in masonry.

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Siding: This is probably one of the most important aspects of transitional design, and there are many options available. If you like more traditional styles, horizontal or shake siding works. Vertical siding is a great choice for those who like a modern appearance. Then add in some concrete, stucco, or stone for texture or variety.

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Windows: Selecting the right windows is also important for designing a transitional home. Large windows and bay windows are often used to draw in natural light, especially to more expansive spaces like living rooms or master bedrooms. Grids are popular for transitional homes with a traditional country feel to a home, while large asymmetrical windows are great for those who like a modern appeal.

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Doors: An entryway is an ideal place to add new style elements. If the home has a very modern feel, a steel door with a wood grain feel can add a classic appearance. On the other hand, if a home’s exterior is traditional, a more modern door design can perfect the transitional look.

Roof: Texas’ heat often makes a thicker roofing material more desirable from an insulation perspective. But for the style, there are many options, including asphalt shingles, metal roofing like copper, or tiles. Metal roofs are an eco-friendly choice in this state and can often mimic the look of traditional shingles. Tile roofing, on the other hand, tends to add a Spanish flair to a home, especially tiles made of clay.

The key to a transitional home exterior is to choose one dominant style and then add small elements of a contrasting style. Work with your builder to select what you like best and have fun mixing and matching.

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