French architecture has been admired for years and you can bring a piece of it to your home. Photo credit: wakxy
During World War II, many young Americans -- and future homeowners -- spent time admiring French architecture. After the war ended, many of these soldiers brought that admiration home with them, and French architectural features began working their way into American homebuilding. Yet more than a half-century later, many of today's homeowners have no clear idea what does or does not make their home French style.
There are several features -- very common indeed -- that distinguish the French style. Most notably are hipped roofs and flared eaves, among others.
If many of these features sound all too common, remember that so is the French style in a good portion of homes built in the latter half of the 20th Century. Not only that, some of these feature (i.e., flared eaves, stucco siding) are not unique to French architecture and are often referred to in the U.S. more generally as European.
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