Design Ideas and Construction Information about Homes in the South. Florida and the Gulf Coast have unique climate and environmental conditions that have influenced the design of homes since long before air-conditioning was available. Lessons from “Olde Florida” vernacular design still apply today. With energy efficiency and a new green awareness on the minds of many in the industry, building systems and construction techniques are evolving forward with an eye on the past.
The indoor-outdoor relationship likely has more impact on the southern style of architecture, than any other influence. Except for July and August here in Florida, there are several days every month that encourage spending time in an inviting outdoor space.