The building blocks of Southwestern style share family ties with the desert landscape and arid climate that inspired them. Set low to the ground with flat or low-pitched tile roofs, one and two story Southwestern homes beckon visitors inside with arched entryways. The splash of courtyard fountains can be heard from behind rustic wrought iron gates and ornate front doors with wrought iron glass. Traditional masonry construction covered in stucco was used to help keep the interior cool. Decorative detailing may include patterned tile work, exposed timbers, and stone floors, giving Southwestern homes a distinct south-of-the-border flavor with an inviting ambiance.