Five Popular Architectural Styles in Sarasota

  • Vertical Design + Build
  • 07/31/21

WHEN YOU’RE BUILDING a custom home, you get to decide the design style. While trends come and go, utilizing outdoor living space and optimizing waterfront views are essential for coastal living. New homes also integrate smart home technology to make day-to-day living easier and more efficient. Here are some popular architectural styles from the custom home building experts at Vertical | Design+Build:


Contemporary homes will have lots of natural light, high ceilings, and open floor plans. Many homes will have large floor-to-ceiling windows to show off spectacular views. Combining contemporary architecture with coastal flair is becoming increasingly popular here in Florida.



This is a style you will see frequently here in Florida. Ranch homes are generally on one level with free-flowing, open floor plans. The typical U-shaped or L-shaped design allows for a great utilization of outdoor living areas. This home design can also be good for aging in place.



There is a lot of European influence on Florida home design. Mediterranean homes typically have stucco walls, tiled roofs, wrought-iron detail, arches, and large facades.


Modern home design uses geometric elements, simple designs, and clean lines along with open floor plans and large windows to bring in natural light. Modern homes may also have contemporary elements, but they are two different architecture styles.



Coastal homes are typically on an elevated foundation and evoke the feeling of a vacation home. These homes are usually located on or near the waterfront with porches, lots of wood materials, and elevated, wide eaves.

A lot goes into building a custom home: price, square footage, materials, furnishings. The style is also an important factor when deciding what to build. Use this list of popular architectural styles as a jumping-off point for building your dream home.

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