Everything you Need to Know About Acadian-Southern Style

Traditional Acadian Southern Style Homes have a steep-sloped and gabled roof and one-and-a-half stories of living space, often with a central staircase and rear kitchen.

Today, the Acadian Southern Style home represents a simpler era when families gathered in the open kitchen and living room.

Acadian-Southern styles are French-influenced homes with sloping, gabled roofs with dormer windows and large front porches.

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What is Acadian Southern Style?

A traditional Acadian-style house has a steep-sloped and gabled roof and one-and-a-half stories of living space, often with a central staircase and rear kitchen. Typically, Acadian homes are constructed of brick or stone, often featuring covered front porches and window shutters.


History of Acadian Southern Style?

The history of Acadian-style homes goes back to the 18th-century Acadians, descendants of French settlers who migrated from France through Canada. The first Acadian-style homes originated in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, their sloping roofs making them a popular choice in the snowy, moist climate. In the mid-1700s, Acadians began settling in swampy southern Louisiana. Along with their traditional pole frames and sloping roofs, ten Brinke says builders often constructed Acadian-style homes on piers to avoid moisture and insect issues for homeowners, who likely lived in flood-prone swamps.

3 Popular Features of an Acadian Southern Style Home

    1. Dormer Windows
      A dormer is a window typically set vertically on a sloping roof. The dormer has its own roof, which may be flat, arched, hipped, pointed, or ornamented.

    1. Large Front Porch
      To make a living in the humid climates of the South as comfortable as possible, Southern house plans make use of large front porches to catch breezes.

    1. Sloping, Gabled Roofs
      Originating in Europe, the roof style is highly distinguishable. Extremely preferable for cold winters, the roof of Acadian homes is quite steep which helps the snow flow easier. Some multi-leveled Acadian homes have projected gables and hips to add a dynamic character to the facades.



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