Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Traditional Wood Houses are Making a Comeback in Florida

When most people think of Florida housing, they think of concrete and stucco homes. However traditional Florida 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 Florida 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.
Traditional wood framed house in Florida built out of pine and cypress
This Florida Cracker home built in the 1890's is located in Bee Ridge

Caribbean style wood house design in Florida
The Caribbean style home was popular 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.

Modern spin on traditional pine and cypress wood home in Florida

This Florida Cracker style home was built in Water Color, Florida by architectural firm, Historical Concepts. The inside was 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!

Reclaimed heart pine flooring and wall paneling

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