Traditional Wood Houses Making a Comeback in Florida
Florida homes were originally built completely out of wood!
When most people think of Florida housing, they think of concrete and stucco homes. However, traditional homes were originally wood frame out of pine and cypress. These style of homes were referred to as the Florida Cracker and the Caribbean (picture below). The Cracker style home became popular in the late 1800’s early 1900’s and the Caribbean (influence from the Bahamas) was a common building style in the mid-1800’s.
Both of these styles are experiencing a comeback. With eco-friendly origins before that trend was defined, these designs focus on local craftsmanship, natural cooling and ventilation. These simple home models are easily updated with their open plan and high ceilings.
This home built in Water Color, Florida by architectural firm, Historical Concepts, is the traditional Cracker Style. The inside is outfitted with tons of reclaimed wood, floor to ceiling. The flooring is reclaimed heart pine flooring with painted wood wall paneling and ceiling matched with painted beams. The light colors and open plan give the home the beach feeling with a farmhouse twist!
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