Berriz Design is proud to serve the Northern Virginia and Metro D.C. area as well as South Florida, though the two regions couldn’t be more different architecturally! Doing design-build and remodeling
in both historically rich parts of the country gives us a breadth of experience with different home styles, building materials, and approaches to design.
Traditional Virginia Architecture
As one of the original 13 colonies of the United States, the Commonwealth of Virginia retains a strong sense of history in its architecture, with American Colonial style homes filling neighborhoods throughout the region.
Simple gabled roofs, porticos, central chimneys, and classical columns are hallmarks of American Colonial architecture, with black and red as popular trim colors. Of course, since this is Colonial architecture, the style has many variations depending on where its designers and homeowners originated.
- Dutch Colonial – This variation of Colonial style is known for its gambrel roofs and flared eaves.
- French Colonial – Homes in the French Colonial style feature exterior stairs, full-length porches, and French doors.
- German Colonial – Thick stone walls, substantial wishbone-shaped chimneys, and exposed timber characterize this Colonial variation.
Mid-Century Modern in Virginia
Along with its traditional Colonial style, Virginia is home to plenty of traditional and transitional style homes, as well as—and this may surprise you—a few enclaves of mid-century modern (MCM) architecture.
Architect Charles Goodman is responsible for some of the most prominent Virginia MCM neighborhoods, including Hollin Hills in Alexandria and Hickory Cluster in Reston. Characterized by open floor plans, clean lines, and unadorned simplicity, these homes are enjoying a continuing renaissance. Homeowners who choose to remodel their MCM homes nearly always want to preserve their original charms; updates are often done for kitchen appliances and plumbing.
Traditional Florida Architecture
The 19th century saw rapid expansion in Florida. In order to keep up with demand for housing, builders used the most readily available materials to build what came to be known as “Cracker” houses. These simple shelters were built with local cypress and cedar atop pilings made of brick or stone. Very similar to shotgun style homes found throughout the coastal South, Cracker houses had wide porches and steeply pitched roofs.
As time marched on and more and more newcomers from around the world called Florida home, home styles became more diverse, with a variety of influences mixing to create a unique architectural landscape.
- Spanish Revival – With pale stucco exteriors, red clay tile roofs, and dramatic arches, Spanish Revival homes are well-suited to Florida’s climate.
- Mediterranean Revival – Also featuring stucco and red tile, Mediterranean Revivalstructures —they are often hotels and apartment buildings—have distinctive symmetrical facades with small, wrought iron balconies and arched windows.
- Art Deco – There’s no mistaking the spectacular look of Art Deco architecture. With symmetrical geometric lines and forms, glowing inlays of aluminum and chrome, and distinctive patterns like chevrons and sunbursts, Art Deco buildings are true treasures, bringing incomparable charm to Florida’s historic neighborhoods.
Contemporary Florida Homes
Florida homes built around the turn of the millennium draw from all of the aforementioned styles, giving area neighborhoods their own unique personalities. As heat and humidity are standard in the Sunshine State, many homeowners remodel to upgrade to energy-efficient HVAC systems, windows, and siding.
Design-Build and Remodeling in Northern Virginia and South Florida
At Berriz Design, we consider ourselves lucky to be able to apply our craftsmanship and design expertise to homes in both of these distinctive regions. If you have questions about custom remodeling and renovations in South Florida or the Metro D.C. area, contact us