Design Through the Decades - Part 7
Phoenix, Arizona continued to have exponential population growth throughout the 1990s, resulting in a gain of 338,000 people over those ten years. The population of Phoenix in 2000 was 1,321,045, which made Phoenix the sixth largest city in the United States.
As happened in the 1980s and 1990s, more new residents meant more houses. Just like the 1980s and 1990s was all about mass production of homes, the 2000s also had homes popping up quickly, particularly in north Phoenix (e.g., Norterra master planned community). Most of the new home construction in the 2000s however occurred in outlying suburb cities like Queen Creek, Buckeye, Avondale, Goodyear, Maricopa, & Peoria.
Home buyers were getting a little bored of the ivory-white exterior paint or pink-white paint and the cookie cutter designs. And designs do change over time. Let’s look at some of these changes in the 2000s.
One of the easiest design updates was adding stacked stone to the front even if for only a few feet.
Three-car garages emerged as an expected standard.
Garages began to blend in with the front exterior instead of being the only thing you saw out front.
Stone facades were all the rage. And more dominant entryways.
Gone are ivory-white and pink-white exterior paint colors, replaced with dark tans and browns.
The type of stucco finish also changed in the 2000s. The rough stucco in the 1980s and the fan pattern or crisscross pattern or skip trowel pattern of the 1990s were replaced by smooth sand finishes. And here we also see coved eaves.
A close-up of a stacked-stone entrance with carriage lighting.
The fancier homes had turret foyers.
The 2000s also saw a return to more traditional architecture found in other parts of the United States, for those buyers who wanted something different.
This Peoria, Arizona home shows a blending of Spanish and Mediterranean styles with a modern twist.
This concludes our review of the exterior architecture of Phoenix homes through the decades. Coming up next: Kitchens.