The Prairie School of Architecture was a late 19th and early 20th century style of home design. It has its roots in the Midwestern United States, but its influence was felt around the world. This style is usually marked by its integration with the surrounding landscape, horizontal lines, hipped roofs with broad eaves, windows assembled in horizontal bands, craftsmanship, and restraint in the use of decoration. Like many turn of the century styles, this architectural style shares a desire for simplicity and function. The style attracted many young designers of the period, the best known among them being Louis H. Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright.
In North America, Tudor Style Homes of the Arts and Crafts Movement were built during the late 1800s and early 1900s. Tudor houses became very popular with new home builders and designers in the early 1920s, reaching a peak around 1930. Throughout these varying periods, Tudor houses shared certain aspects, including rustic simplicity, building materials taken from nature, and an emphasis on artisan craftsmanship. Traditional Tudor houses typically incorporate steeply pitched roofs, often with minimal overhang at the eaves, multiple gables and dormers, turrets, elaborate stonework, decorative chimneys, arched entryways, and false half-timbering in-filled with stucco, concrete, brick, or stone.
Shingle Style Homes burst onto the scene in the late 1800s with roots in New England, and later in some west coastal areas, primarily as vacation homes for the wealthy. Traditional shingle style homes are rare and are still very coveted today. While Shingle style homes can be designed with different features, there are many characteristics they usually have in common. In contrast to the other Victorian-era styles, Shingle homes de-emphasized applied decoration and detailing, in favor of complex shapes wrapped in cedar shingles. Designs included porches, balconies, and large windows that encouraged a tactile interaction with the outdoors. Complex roof forms were common, with asymmetrical roof lines that often created a sense of depth and organic shape. Homes often feature apposing Dutch gables and roof sections of different pitch, wings, turrets and bays.
Modern Architecture is rooted in early 20th-century designs that broke with traditional architecture. Many modern projects embody the ideals of the machine age: an absence of ornament, structures of steel or concrete, large expanses of glass, a whitewash, minimal exterior expression, and open floor plans. Modern/Urban Architecture is possibly the broadest of any architectural style, and thus is the most difficult to describe. Examples do not necessarily have similar or easily recognizable features, because the "style" is really quite varied and has a number of different influences. Even though a precise definition of the term is difficult to articulate, modern homes typically include an irregular or unusually shaped frame, eye-catching roof designs, oversized windows with natural light, and the use of "sustainable" and repurposed components. Such homes also often have an organic design, fitting into the surrounding space and meeting an immediate need in the area. Modern buildings tend to be highly functional and may push the limits of what can be defined as contemporary architecture
These Design and Development Guidelines set the stage for Crossings single family development by describing the overall vision of the community, and the homes within that community.
These Design and Development Guidelines set the stage for Crossings single family development by describing the overall vision of the community, and the homes within that community. The intent of these guidelines is to offer homeowners and builders the opportunity for diversity and innovation in home design, while creating overall harmony and flow throughout the subdivision. These Guidelines improve the compatibility of adjacent homes, protect and improve property values, and create an aesthetically pleasing community.
Landscaping is a major component of the aesthetics of a new home and of the community and is an included requirement of the Crossings Design and Development Guidelines. Before a Design and Development Guidelines Deposit can be returned, the home must comply with the Crossings landscape requirements.
To make life easier, and the expectations a little clearer, the Crossings Landscape Guidelines provides further information on the requirements and provides illustrative examples of sample landscapes and materials that work for Crossings and our southern Alberta climate.
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