Old Florida style buildings are generally full of beautiful examples of the past. A past that did not include air-conditioning forced houses to respond to, and belong in, the environment rather than fight against it. Old Florida construction includes the Spanish influence of Florida's early settlers. A style often referred to as "Spanish Mission" displays the colors and building styles of the Mediterranean adapted to Florida. This sturdy construction lends itself well to Florida's climate, and contributes to a low maintenance home which is easily cooled and well insulated from sub-tropic heat. These simple, utilitarian designs incorporated high ceilings, expansive porches and tall windows.