Italianate

The Italianate style home has many practical as well as aesthetic advantages. Italian style homes are integrated with their setting, so considerable thought to landscape architecture and gardens was given in equal measure with the house design. Design elements include paired French doors, classic arches, and restrained use of wrought iron. Stucco is often used, but stone, brick, and concrete blocks can be employed equally well and with splendid results. The style is economic, regardless of material used, because of its exceedingly simple lines.

Roofing
  • Gently sloped
  • Gabled or Hipped roofs
  • Deep overhangs

Materials

  • Typically Terra cotta barrel
  • Spanish clay tile
Materials
  • Typically stucco finish
  • Stone Veneer or Wood Cladding

Colors:

  • Light tone colors
  • Earth tone
Doors
  • Rectangular or Arched door
  • Light/dark wood
  • Panels across door
  • Stone surround
Windows
  • Rectangular or Arched windows
  • Narrow
  • Pedimeted or framed windows
  • Stone or wood surround

Shutters

  • Stained mahogany
  • Wooden shutters
  • Board-n-batten shutters
  • Louver style
  • Framed paneled shutters
  • Small wrought iron details

Colors:

  • Brown natural colors
  • Bright and contrasting colors
Porch
  • Small porch at entry
  • Typically has arcades
  • Supports terrace/porch on second level
Columns
  • Thick simple columns
  • Match existing material
Arcades
  • Arcades serve as sheltered walkways or Covered patios
  • Thick columns
  • Match existing materials
Eave Details
  • Wide overhangs
  • Decorative brackets
  • Exposed rafters
  • Match existing color
  • Standard or fascia 90 degrees with roof pitch
Chimneys
  • Rectangular
  • Tall and simple
  • Stucco or plastered stone Rectangular chimney cap
Gutters & Downspouts
  • Made of pre-weathered zinc
  • Copper or painted metal
  • Gutter profile is typically half round
  • Decorative downspout brackets
  • Decorative leader-heads
Railings
  • Ornamental
  • Wrought iron railing
Trim
  • Typically 2-4” wood trim
  • Match existing color or warm colors

For a guide on type, style, details, and general design of Italianate Style homes please view Pattern Book. The Pattern Book is only a guide and may change as construction proceeds.