Local architect leading with transitions in living space by Henry Mackley.
In Arcadia, neighborhoods are dominated by traditional, ranch-style houses, with a scattering of contemporary homes providing the occasional contrast. The differentiating factor between a ranch house and other types, such as contemporary, is the shape of the roof. “With the contemporary [homes], there are more clean and horizontal elements, and with the traditional [homes], there are steeper, pitched roofs,” says Mark Candelaria, award-winning architect and owner of Candelaria Design Associates, and long-time homebuilder in Arcadia.
Because the traditional ranch style is becoming dated, many homeowners have begun to crave a new, more daring look. This “transitional-style” look varies slightly from the ranch-style houses while still based on the outline of a ranch house. Transitional houses are generally traditional houses with contemporary elements among their amenities and features. Some elements that denote a transitional house are lighter color choices, numerous windows and glass, and the ranch-style pitched roof. “All ages like the transitional style because it’s comfortable yet it’s a little more upscale and contemporary,” says Candelaria.
Contrasts between a traditional and transitional home may sound minor, but they make all the difference. “The outcome of the house really depends on the details of it,” says Candelaria.
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