Spanish, Mission & Southwestern Styles
Many of my projects reflect the Spanish, Mission and Southwestern styles so popular in the Los Angeles area. These three styles emphasize native materials, creating privacy with enclosed courtyards and gardens, and managing the play of light and shadow in hot, sun drenched regions.
I find that the Spanish, Mission and Southwestern styles are well suited for for Spanish Bungalows, Spanish Revivals, Monterey Colonials, Pueblos and Santa Fe style homes.
For examples of my work in these styles please click on an image above. Below is more information about how I achieve these styles, along with links to related web sites.
Design Elements For Arbors, Fences, Decks & Gates
Wood: A hallmark of the three styles is using large posts and rafters which are intended to be strong and last a long time. Decorative corbels and beam end cuts can enhance and personalize the look.
Construction Techniques: I like to use simple or invisible joinery to reflect the simple construction methods used by the craftsmen of the time.
Lighting: To light the garden at night, I recommend using rustic looking sconces and lanterns.
Additional Resources and Related Links
Good resources for inspiration and ideas include:
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Last Updated: Jul 26 2012