How To Design The Exterior Of A Mexican Home

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Have you visited places in Mexico like Saltillo, Guanajuato or Puebla? If so, you were probably impressed with the enchanting homes and ranches you saw both in town and in the countryside. Whether you've seen those places in person or only in pictures, you may have liked them enough to have your own Mexican style house. If that's the case, from the landscape to the roof, here are some ideas that might inspire you to plan something exceptional.  

The Construction - Think of words like rustic and charming when you work on the design for the exterior of the house.

  • For the walls, consider terra cotta colored brick or stucco painted in earth tones. Another idea is to combine both stucco and brick, using contrasting colors that complement each other. For example, use stucco for the top and bottom portions of the walls, and enhance them with brick that goes all the way around the house, under windows, and around the front door.
  • Think about having one or more arches as part of the design. Make them wide enough to have enough space for hanging pots in strategic places.
  • A tile roof would be your most traditional choice for a Mexican home.  Terra cotta is a good color, but if you want added drama, choose something like turquoise or blue.  
  • Another good choice for your roof is tin. It's not quite as expensive as tile, and it will still look great with stucco or brick.
  • If you want to save money, a shingle roof is an excellent choice. To keep the traditional Mexican look you want, choose brick red for your color. That choice will mimic the look of a traditional Mexican tile roof.

The Extras - Details in your planning will surely add to the Mexican look you want to establish.

  • As you select light fixtures for the front of your house, consider either black wrought iron or brass. Don't forget to match door knobs and door bells to the material you select.
  • The landscaping will also play a big part in establishing a Mexican theme to your home. Consider using a Mexican-style fountain as the focal point.
  • Use geraniums, bougainvilleas, hibiscus, roses and other bright colors in your landscape plan.
  • For your walkway, think of using faux-painted cement. If you do that, it can have the appearance of brick, Saltillo tile, or even weathered wood.
  • For your address numbers, think about selecting colorful tiles that have numbers as part of their design.  Choose tiles that have things like flowers or birds as part of the design.

Think of using a picture of your new Mexican home as your Christmas card. Add words like Les Deseamos Una Feliz Navidad as your greeting.

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