A Modern Take on an Old Style of Tuscan Home

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pradaRoberto Baciocchi, well known as the architect of the iconic Prada stores, is a proud Tuscan. He still lives in his hometown of Arezzo and currently owns three homes there. Given his resume, you would think that Mr. Baciocchi actually lives in a modern-minimalist home just like the stores he’s helped made famous. Interestingly instead, he lives in a version of a Tuscan style house than can best be described as Modernist-Tuscan, a strange direct mish-mash of the two styles.

Redefining Tuscany Style

Mr. Baciocchi’s homes are approximately 1/2 actual Tuscan house and 1/2 medieval and/or renaissance structure. It had evolved that way through the centuries as the structures were passed on through generations and made into actual living abodes. In fact, his main house is part medieval tower. Mr. Baciocchi has been adamant about preserving the original structures and has opted to bring more of his modernist personality through the interior design.

You can clearly see the Tuscany style in the house in the color scheme, large windows, and textured walls. But the furnishings and accents are definitely contemporary, some over-the-top and whimsical to boot.

Mr. Baciocchi owner of PradaMr. Baciocchi gives an interesting description of Tuscans. He says they are non-conformists that cannot be tamed or controlled. He goes on to actually call the Tuscans “wild” and swears that only Northern Italians are ever so pristine and orderly. That said, his home is definitely Tuscan style. And if his description of Tuscans are to be believed, the design world may have gotten Tuscan style homes wrong all this time. Until his interview was brought to press, the world has not seen quite a take on Tuscan style house plans as his.

Defining Classic Tuscany Style Homes

Ask Tuscan style home builders what a Tuscan style home is and they will generally give you the same set of characteristics. It is inspired by the seaside homes in Tuscany, which is a mix of Spanish, Italian, and French architecture. It is often characterized by tiled roofs, arched doorways, textured walls, iron accents, and earthen colors. The entrance of the home is often grand and stunning. And the garden will often feature a fountain or courtyard. Ventilation in a Tuscan home is also really good, a natural consequence of its many large windows and open floor  plan.

tuscan style design home view of house garageTry checking with luxury Tuscan home builders and expect to get the same general brief. These builders might up the ante with exquisite iron light fixtures around the home, Portuguese tiles on the bathroom walls, and maybe a real Italian mural installed in the living room. But these luxury builders will not automatically think to color your walls red or black to make it a little bit more modern. Wild and Tuscany home builders just don’t usually mix like that.

Just to cover all the bases, perhaps a client can even check with custom Tuscan home builders if they can do a “whimsical” Tuscan home design; and more chances than not, the answer would be “they’ve never tried”. Tuscan style house plans don’t normally feature rotisseries in the middle of the living room and lime green velvet walls. They certainly also don’t usually have bedrooms with large circular beds, fur bedspreads, and red Danish accent chairs made of bent steel.

Making Sense of the Modernist-Tuscany Style

Modernist Art PIeceThere is really nothing overtly “wild” about a traditional Tuscan house. It may be wildly grand and expensive in cases where luxury Tuscan home builders take the concept into full villa-mansion mode, but that’s about it. However, what Mr. Baciocchi’s unique take on a Tuscan home has shown is that even the most classic of house designs can evolve. It’s natural and completely acceptable. He also exemplifies the philosophy that sometimes you can really take everything you aesthetically love and make it work.

Perhaps one room in your Tuscan home can have blue walls with Japanese inspired paneling, while the other has a gaping fireplace with large 13th century spit glasses on the side. It may be strange but it can be pretty. And as long as you’re comfortable and relaxed in the midst of all the whimsy, it can still evoke the essence and warmth of a classic Tuscan home.

It can still feel like that seaside retreat in the Mediterranean, except maybe Pablo Picasso came to visit and couldn’t help but make some alterations.

Obviously, the general population may not be anywhere near ready to ask Tuscan style home builders to convert their designs to Mr. Baciocchi’s type of Tuscan home. But the moral of this story is that even classic Tuscany home builders have room to reinvent this home style.

Some modernity can be infused into a staunchly traditional style as this. And surprisingly, it can actually look fresh and pleasant. For custom Tuscan home builders, especially, the modernist-Tuscan style may actually be appealing for some of the edgier and unique-minded clients who might want a mix of old and new home styles.

An Introduction to Mediterranean Home Styles & Designs

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Mediterranean style large home Mediterranean home styles & designs have remained popular throughout the years, and are particularly favored in California and Florida where the warmer temperatures allow for the leisurely enjoyment of the open indoor and outdoor spaces that the design exhibits. The appeal of the design has always been it’s timelessness.

Mediterranean homes evoke a sultry sense of romance and luxury, which will hardly ever go out of style.

Traditionally, the Mediterranean style of home design was inspired by the seaside villas of Spain, Italy, Greece, and France.

mediterranean-style-designMediterranean home styles & designs are interesting as they can be described as both grand and warm at the same time and as expansive as most of these homes may be. The general influence of the sea provides the much needed warmth to make the design comfortable as a living or vacation abode.

Generally, Mediterranean style exteriors are characterized by low-pitched tile or terracotta roofs, stucco walls, wrought iron accents, large windows, balconies, and courtyards.

Adequate outdoor living spaces are essential to the design.

Some homes opt for elaborate garden landscapes or fountains, while others have spacious patios or porches. In terms of the interiors, Mediterranean-PatioMediterranean homes are known as being airy, with good circulation often being a nice consequence to the design. The classic design accents for these homes include columns, elaborate ceilings, and dramatic archways.

Mediterranean homes are, however, not always grand and dramatic. The same general elements given above can be translated into simpler lines and décor. Homes such as these will turn out earthier and homey. The warmth, beauty, and timelessness of the Mediterranean design will be a constant, even at this restrained state.

When it comes to interior decorating in the Mediterranean style, interpretations can go any which way depending on personal tastes.

A framework to remember to keep the interiors within theme are the following:

  1. mediterranean interior style living areaKeep in mind the sky, sea, and earth for the color scheme. Lavender and yellow shades are also acceptable.
  2. Large furnishings are essential to the design.
  3. Include heavy ornaments such as iron and brass into the furnishings and interior accents.
  4. Texture is important for walls and floorings. Walls can be roughly painted or sand-textured. And the floors may bear elaborate tile designs in intricate patterns.
  5. Bringing nature into the home through plants, murals, and general décor can tie the outdoor space to the interior space skillfully.

Before settling on a particular Mediterranean home styles & designs idea, be sure to research and check the many options available. This is a design that allows for maximum creativity and customization. And as long as the general characteristics of the theme are factored in, the design outcome can become be as beautifully unique as a client can imagine it to be.

Thank you for reading!  Arie Abekasis

Development Concepts and Trends for Today’s Real Estate

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“A beautiful home” is always at the top of the “list of things to buy” for every individual. However, the prerequisite to owning a magnificent mansion is not just money. Real estate development is a lot more than that.

There are a lot of dynamics involved with real estate development. It’s impossible to master all the details required for successful development without extensive experience. In this high risk market, it’s easy to end up paying heavily for a reckless investment.

real-estate-developmentWhat makes real estate development baffling is the range of skills required. To gain proficiency in this field, a complete understanding of the dimensions of the business is needed, which includes, finance, administration, urban development and construction management. Development is one of those fields that necessitate formal education as well as hands-on experience. In the path of becoming a successful real estate developer, the first step is to gain complete knowledge about the field.

However, there’s only so much that can be learned through theory and study. The most efficient way to gain industry knowledge is to delve into it practically. Getting 405-kilkea-drive-tuscan-home-project by arie abekasisinvolved in a real estate project gives you first-hand experience. Working as an apprentice under another developer is the best way to learn how things function. And an eye for identifying the demand of potential buyers and a creative mind also goes a long way toward success.

Next would be developing contacts in the market. To a large extent, the real estate industry depends on good faith. Forging bonds and earning the trust of the suppliers and construction professionals is an important art that a successful real estate developer must master.

In this field, learning never ceases. A successful developer must keep himself up to date on market trends and, over time, develop the ability to perceive trends accurately and develop keen intuition.

Development projects may take a long time to finish. When it is finally the time to reap the financial rewards of a project, astute developers often allocate substantial amounts for reinvestment in future projects.

Real estate development is a very demanding career that requires hard-work, patience, farsightedness, research, market knowledge, social skills, innovation, managerial abilities and leadership skills. Because it is such an involved business, very few individuals become successful in this field. But those who do definitely have one of the most exciting and creative jobs on the planet.

Arie Abekasis, the founder and owner of Diditan Group, a company located in Sherman Oaks, California, focuses on building custom homes. Combining well-established fashion industry experience with a penchant for uniquely designing and constructing Tuscany-style houses, he utilizes the highest-quality materials available to achieve an original dream home for each of his clients.