It’s been a roller coaster ride for most of us the last few weeks. I have been trying to stay inside other than my morning walks or bike rides (which have probably helped me stay sane).
So, this morning on my bike ride I decided to walk back and “smell the roses”. It is funny what you see when you are going slower. So much beauty here in Naples, the sun is shining and the landscaping never seems to change, it’s beautiful to look at and meticulously manicured.
Today I started noticing architectural elements on homes, not that I haven’t taken note before but I’ve never really delved into it. Now is the time, for the most part the homes that have been going up over the past 10 years I would refer to as “White Modern Farmhouse Style”, due in no short part to Joanna Gaines and her popular HGTV show. I love the style and really enjoy seeing how everyone makes it their own. Shutters are painted bright colors and the landscape architecture always brings in color as well. Steel roofs are common with this architectural style and sometimes you will see my favorite chippendale white picket fence with a beautifully displayed trellis. I’m sure they carry the “white” theme inside as well with white cabinets and countertops, light or white floors, light or white walls and bring in pops of color with artwork and accessories. Again, I love this look, it is very clean and easy to change later with a new color scheme, if you grow tired.
Everything that was built 20 years before this surge was most likely tuscan in style. This particular style architecture never grew on me but I can appreciate it, with the stucco walls and the big pillars typically you would find gold or yellow exterior and lots of limestone. Heavy accents in wrought iron doorways and stairs, clay tile roofs. You still see a lot of these homes still in existence today. I have had some clients want help “changing” their tuscan style home to more of a modern farmhouse look. That is very difficult to do, you can take it in phases but you never will take the “bones” of the architecture away, nor should you. You would basically end up tearing your home down to achieve this entirely.
Then you see the ranch homes that were most likely built in the 50’s and 60’s, they remind me of when I was growing up, we lived in a brick ranch home with a dining room/ living room combination in the front of the house and a family room / kitchen in the back. Then we had one long hallway that housed all of our bedrooms and the one small bath my brother, sister and I shared. My mom and dad had their own small bath to themselves (ha).
But, one of my favorite parts of ALL of Naples is the cottages that are original. With their dutch siding and big porches. They are a very dear part of Naples and hopefully will never all disappear. I know some people have been painstakingly preserving them and making them their own without taking the integrity of the home away. These are special to Naples and a reminder of where it all started.