Georgia is located in the southern half of the US, and like much of the nation its geography and climate are varied. Georgia is home to the Blue Ridge Mountains and also has a coastline that borders the Atlantic Ocean. Georgia has several “regions” and each region has its own characteristics. However, typical Georgia weather includes a humid climate with short winters. The entire state sees moderate precipitation and because of its proximity to the Atlantic Ocean, Georgia is at risk for hurricanes and other extreme weather. Because of this, stability is a major concern for many homeowners. Aside from that, humidity makes hardwood a risky choice because of its tendency to expand in humid temperatures. Homeowners tend to stick with materials that are durable and easy to maintain.
Georgia is home to many distinct housing styles including the Shotgun style home. Built between the 1870s-1920s, Shotgun homes were built in urban areas and included a one level house with no hallways to preserve space. Cottages and saltbox houses are predominant in rural areas of Georgia, as are renovated/restored plantation homes. Throughout the larger estates, natural stone is predominating, while the smaller, urban homes are most likely updated with easy to maintain luxury tile and laminate.
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