It’s Not Just Spanish Style, It’s California Mission Revival, To Be Exact

One of our latest custom homes has one unique style, it’s California Mission Revival and not something you see often in Northern California.

What exactly is California Mission Revival? It’s Spanish style with a vintage SoCal twist.  This architectural movement began late 19th century as a revival of colonial style Spanish missions in California from the 18th and early 19th centuries. Influenced by the Renaissance and Baroque periods in Spain, a few of the more prominent design characteristics include thick rounded archways, white plaster stucco’d exteriors and clay roof tiles. You can see this style reflected in many Santa Barbara homes, which is the epicenter for this movement.

Back to our exciting project. It’s not every day that we encounter 2 fantastic clients who are very passionate about a design style, even taking the time to study it. Due to the desire for such a unique and specific architecture style, the existing home could not be remodeled to fit their needs. As with all design, the process began with identifying constraints. This design started out with an avocado tree located on the clients’ lot. It is one large, gorgeous avocado tree they wanted to keep, and it was too large to relocate. Avocado trees are hard to grow in Northern California and can live to be 400 years old, so if you are lucky enough to have a healthy avocado tree, you should consider keeping it. Here comes the difficult part, over time the trees growth takes room and creates shade on the home. The design we came up with respected the space around this tree. The atrium in the center of the house was designed with 4 large skylights piercing through the roof into a high ceiling, so light will still enter the home no matter how large the tree gets. Throughout the home, you will find many interior design elements that further the Mission Revival style. The arches and tile bring the architectural style to completion.

This atrium is just one of many unique architectural features of the home. Also worth noting on the front of the home, you will see a small Juliet balcony over the entrance door, as well as medallions (an ornamental architecture motif that screams Spanish). The loggia, (think covered, enclosed patio with archways), runs along the backside of the home as a place to entertain or just enjoy some fresh air with abundant shade. All archways are perfectly round, never elongated in true California Mission style. Our designers worked hard to match authentic wood windows, saltillo tiles, and clay roof tiles.

Collaborating closely with our clients, we’ve meticulously adhered to the chosen style, striving to maintain authenticity to the time period while integrating modern luxuries for the homeowners’ comfort. This multi-generational home, now equipped with an elevator connecting all three floors, ensures accessibility and connectivity, catering to any aging-in-place needs from the basement to the second floor. We are very excited to have built our very first California Mission Revival style custom home for such incredible people!

About Timeline Design+Build

At Timeline Design+Build, we specialize in providing comprehensive design+build services for a wide range of projects. Our experienced team of architects, designers, and construction professionals work collaboratively to deliver exceptional results. From concept development and architectural design to construction management and final execution, we ensure a seamless process that meets your project goals and exceeds your expectations. Contact us for a free quote: https://tldesign.net/contact/.

 

 

 

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Los Altos Contemporary Rebuild

This is a whole house remodel with small addition to modernize all the infrastructure of the home as well as change the exterior aesthetic. The entire structure is 3,400sf including a 2-car attached garage. There is significant demolition and rearrangement of the interior walls allowing for a more efficient, contemporary living style.

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Cupertino Eichler Rebuild

In collaboration with Klopf Architecture, Timeline is remodeling a Cupertino Eichler with upgrades to electrical and HVAC, improved radiant heating, new roofing and waterproofing, insulation throughout the home, and a new kitchen.

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  • Build