Choosing the right architectural features for your home is easier when you know what period your house is. Britain has a rich heritage of different architectural styles from centuries gone by and recognising those styles is easier when you know what to look for. Most period properties today will date back to one of three distinct eras, the Georgian, Edwardian and Victorian. So let’s look at these periods and pick out some of the defining features of the houses that date back to those times.
Georgian houses can trace their origins back to the early 18th to the early 19th century. You will find many examples of Georgian houses in towns and cities around the UK where Georgian houses remain well-preserved and highly sought after. The typical features of a Georgian house include sash windows that are longer on the first floor than they are on the upper floors. They are often rendered and painted cream or white. The Royal Crescent in Bath is one of the most famous examples of Georgian era housing.
Victorian houses not surprisingly span the reign of Queen Victoria at the height of the British Empire which brought increased prosperity. Despite this, a significant proportion of society lived in poor quality housing and slums in Northern towns and cities. Cheap housing known as back to backs were widespread and occupied by poor factory workers. The houses were eventually banned and replaced by terraced housing that opened directly onto the street. Victorian homes are typically smaller than Georgian houses although ceilings are generally higher. Victorian houses can often be easily identified due to them having fireplaces or evidence of them in every room.
Edwardian era housing has its origins in the early 20th century in the years leading up to World War One. This was the era of the ‘garden city’ where houses were built in the suburbs with lavish front gardens and neat hedge rows. Most Edwardian homes are typically larger than Victorian houses due to them being built in the suburbs where builders were able to take advantage of having more space. Edwardian houses often feature porches with wooden frames with the main structure built using red brick. Hallways are typically wide and rooms spacious.