Design Through the Decades – Part 6
The population in Phoenix, Arizona reached 983,403 in 1990 (up another 200,000 since 1980), but since other US cities were also growing quickly, Phoenix remained the 9th largest US city in 1990 (same ranking as in 1980). However, it seemed like everyone was moving to Phoenix. The population grew by over 330,000 in the 1990s! That’s a lot of demand for new houses. Phoenix had to grow further west, further north, and further west in Ahwatukee.
That meant home builders were building like crazy. In order to keep up the pace, construction had to be like an assembly line. Wood frame, stucco. Next. Wood frame, stucco. Next. Once you picked out your floor plan, you got to choose Elevation A, Elevation B, or Elevation C, which usually meant an extra $1,000 for framed windows, and another $1,000 for a different air vent over the garage.
Here’s a typical 1990s home built in 1997.
Built in 1992, this home was probably the higher-priced Elevation C plan, what with all the fancy corners and wall extensions.
One of the most high-celebrated features of homes in the 1990s was the bay window dining room. This created a narrow entryway which was a real joy when moving in/out with large furniture.
Another way to distinguish your home from all the others in your subdivision was to have column pop-outs. By adding an extra layer of styrofoam and stucco, your house was elevated in style and class.
This is another example of corner pop-outs.
Using the same “happy face” style of the 1980s, this 1990s home says hello. (Another copied style from the 1980s was having the front door on the side of the house.)