Sitting in the middle of the vineyard, I reach for my glass of excellent local Oregon Pinot Noir. Far out in the countryside, I relish the quiet solitude of the landscape…Reaching for the Brie cheese, I turn to my husband and ask for the gray poupon…well..not really, but you get the image I am going for.
I am biased. In my ongoing series about architecture, I have to admit that French Country Styles are my favorite.
I always imagine them surrounded by vineyards and a glass of good wine waiting at home to relax at the end of the day.
Here in Salem, Oregon we have a few examples of French Country Styles. There is the French Normandy Architecture which is similar to the French Provincial except that it has a rounded tower as part of the architecture. French Country styles tend to be more expensive homes due to the extensive masonry that is often used.
You can see the impacts of French Country style on a multitude of homes, ranging from homes built in the early 1900s to new construction today. It is a very popular influence.
The hipped roof is a very distinguishing feature.
They also have flared eaves, extensive brick, stone, or stucco exteriors.
They typically have dormers and multi-paned windows as well.
If it is inspired by French Normandy then it may have half-timbering like you would see with a tudor home, a rounded tower usually centrally located by the entryway and an arched doorway.
For more information about these neighborhoods or French Country homes available for sale, please feel free to call or email me.