How To Design A Mexican Style Home

Is your family lineage from Mexico? Did you travel in that beautiful country and fall in love with Mexican style homes you saw while on your travels? Perhaps you've just seen them in magazines or in the movies. Whatever the reason, if you have decided to design a Mexican style home, here are some ideas for you to consider.

The Exterior Walls - Consider brick, stone or stucco for the facade of your house. 

  • Think about combining all three of these materials in your design. For example, stucco walls as the main material with stone for the chimney and the lower part of the house would be great. Then add brick around windows and doors to finish the look. 
  • If you decide to just use stucco, consider choosing earth tones for the color of your house paint.
  • Hand-painted or stenciled bright colored flowers and birds on the stucco would add drama and charm to your Mexican-style design.

The Roof - Of course, you have to consider the amount of money you can spend on the roof before you make your choice.

  • A tile roof would be amazing and very authentic. Sticking to tradition, you would probably select terra cotta as your color. However, if you want something a bit more unique and dramatic, consider turquoise or another bold color. Tile roofs are usually the most expensive choice. On the plus side, they withstand harsh weather, they are fireproof, and they will last for an extremely long time. Every penny you invested in their purchase will pay off in the long run.
  • Another choice would be a tin roof, although it wouldn't be as authentic. This would be a good choice if you're wanting a more modern design to your Mexican house. Tin roofs are also very durable and the new ones are designed in a way that they don't show hail damage. Seamless tin roofs don't leak. They are less expensive than tile roofs and they will also last for many years.
  • If you select a shingle roof, you'll be saving a lot of money. And, you can still have that Mexican flavor by choosing terra cotta for the color of your shingles. Terra cotta shingles may be a special order product, and they may be more expensive than regular shingles, but they still won't be as expensive as the tile roof would be. Shingle roofs are not indestructible, but they are easy to repair when the need arises.

For more help with the roofing, contact a company like Pyramid Roofing Inc.

Think about completing your Mexican style house with things like outdoor fountains, huge potted plants, and a front patio with Saltillo tile or Talavera tile as the floor. A special order tile with a Mexican greeting by the front door would be nice, too. Consider Bienvenidos, which means Welcome, or Nuestra Casa Es Suya, which means Our House Is Yours.