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How to Create a Tuscan House

If you have traveled in the Tuscan region of Italy, you have probably fallen in love with the villas and farms that you saw as you traveled in the countryside. Or, perhaps you haven't traveled to Tuscany, but you have seen it pictured in books or in movies like Under The Tuscan Sun, Tea With Mussolini, or Letters to Juliet. If you have decided to construct a house in the Tuscan style, here are some ideas that might inspire you to create something unique and beautiful.

The Facade - When you close your eyes and picture Tuscany, you probably see only touches of color set against earth tones on the facades of buildings.

  • Consider stone, brick, or stucco for the exterior walls of your home. If you want something even more unique, think about combining all three. Tan, brown, and caramel are all among good colors to use on the facade.
  • For a traditional look, consider small windows. If you want a more modern look, consider large picture windows. In either case, think about embellishing them with wrought iron. Rounded tops of the windows will be enhanced with the addition of either bricks or red clay tiles.
  • Think about using wooden French doors, or one large one. Again, wrought iron as part of the design would add an authentic touch.
  • Window boxes are a good idea because they can hold flowering plants that would add an accent to the neutral color of the house.

The Roof - If you want to stick with the authenticity of a Tuscan look, consider selecting a clay tile roof.

  • Even though tile roofs are almost always more expensive than shingle or tin roofs, they will last for a very long time.
  • Clay tile roofs will withstand even heavy storms. However, if there are ever repairs that need to be made, it is not a difficult job.
  • Consult with your residential roofing contractor regarding the colors that are available in tile roofs. The contractor may surprise you and recommend a dramatic color, like turquoise.
  • As you select a roofing contractor, make sure that all licenses and permits are in order. Find out how long the contractor has been in business, too. Be sure that you and your roofing contractor are on the same page by getting everything in writing. Look for hidden costs and find out if the cost includes cleaning up after the job is finished.

Best wishes as you plan your Tuscan house.