Provence (Fr. Provence, Oxen Provença, the letter “province”) is a historical region in the southeast of France, now part of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region. Currently in the territory of Provence are the departments of Var, Vaucluse and Bouches-du-Rhône, as well as parts of the Alps of the Upper Provence and the Maritime Alps.
In the east the region is bounded by the Alps, in the west by the Rhone, in the south by the Mediterranean Sea.
The capital of Provence is Aix-en-Provence, one of the oldest French cities. This piece of resort France as a magnet attracts thousands of tourists every year. It is not surprising that those who visit Provence at least once try to recreate even a small part of it in other parts of the globe. By today, among the many architectural styles, the style of Provence is very popular, thought out and is one of the most sought-after.
The peculiarity of the house in the style of Provence is considered the refinement and peculiar romantic tenderness of the exterior exterior of the house. A special place belongs to the details. Most often in the style of Provence build country houses. Such a house has almost no socle and such a house naturally does not have a porch that is familiar to us. The garden path just rests on the front door.
The walls of the house must be made of brick or stone. Most often the walls are covered with plaster of light tones. In some places, plaster can expose a brick wall, and this does not spoil the impression, but gives the house a peculiar zest. The house in the style of Provence is built with two or three floors. Of the features of the exterior finish, it should be noted minimalism in the decoration of the first floor and a certain pretentiousness in the decor of the upper floors.
Here you can find balconies with columns or balustrades with carved decorative balusters. As for the windows, on the first floor they are usually narrow and must have blinds. On the second and third floor, the windows are made larger so that the sun’s rays penetrate as much as possible into the house.
The roof is a special part of the house in the Provencal style. It is a multi-story high construction under tiles. The decoration of the roof is served by numerous towers with dormer windows. If the house is one-story, then under the roof must necessarily be located attic.
Since Provence is geographically located on the Mediterranean coast, local culture is also reflected in the second type of roofs, often associated with the Provencal style in architecture. These are long gently sloping roofs. These houses have narrow windows, and windows have shutters.
For a house in the style of Provence, an important detail is the door. They should be massive with forged hinges. Each door should have a viewing window.
Extensions. Traditionally, various extensions are attached to the house. Almost every house that claims to be a house in the Provence style must have a summer kitchen. On the opposite side of the house have a summer outbuilding or a garage.