What do you do if you like the traditional characteristics of an older Georgian or Colonial house design but you also want the wide open concepts and eclectic mix of interior and exterior finishes that a contemporary home typically offers. The answer ? Buy a transitional home and get the best of both worlds.

Transitional home exteriors are characterized by large floor to ceiling windows, that are often framed in black. Porticos on these homes are prominent with large rectangular shaped pillars. Garages doors tend to have a transom crosspiece or sometimes are completely panelled with frosted glass panels. The overall shape of these homes is very square with less angles. Roof lines resemble the old style mansard roofs that are understated with a horizontal profile. These roofs are sometimes punctuated by small dormers that add a traditional touch.

Transitional home interiors tend to lean more to an open concept with large spaces while finishes may be more bold and striking than the more conservative traditional home. Home theatres and wine cellars are luxury features often found in transitional homes. Landscaping is an important element of transitional architecture and designed to compliment the home. Outdoor space is meant for living as much as admiring. Outdoor barbeque areas are popular. If the lot is large enough a swimming pool if often the focal point of the backyard.

Which home is right for you ? Traditional, Contemporary or Transitional ? Contact David Dunkelman, Broker, Royal Lepage Signature Realty 416-726-6574 or email ddunkelman@bell.net. I would be happy to show you examples of both traditional, contemporary and transitional homes.