How To Tell If Your Property Is Edwardian, Georgian Or Victorian

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How To Tell If Your Property Is Edwardian, Georgian Or Victorian

London, like many other British cities, has a wide variety of architectural styles from different eras such as the elegant stucco-fronted Georgian Homes surrounding Regent’s Park. There is no greater testament to time than admiring the beautiful buildings unique to their era. Have you ever looked at your home and wondered what era it was built in? Here you can inspect the three main styles such as Edwardian, Georgian and Victorian, more closely and how you can bring out the best features of these period homes.

Georgian Architecture

Georgian properties are considered to have been built between 1714 and 1830. The late Georgian period was then from 1830 to 1837. This era was given the name Georgian due to the first four British monarchs of the House of Hanover, George I, George II, George III and George IV. One of the most famous Georgian homes in London would be the Prime Ministers residence of 10 Downing Street as well as the white-painted mansions that line Regent’s Park. Common traits of these homes are their symmetrical proportions with high ceilings, flat or shallow roofs, stucco-faced exterior, elongated windows with the addition of an arched window above the main entrance.  These homes were built to be spacious and comfortable with a heightened sense of space and light. If you look closely at these homes, you may notice something a bit off with the brickwork. This will be from a bricked-up window. Due to the introduction of the window tax between 1969 and 1851. The more windows you had and the bigger they were the richer the owner was. So, to avoid high taxes, many homeowners would brick up their windows to ensure the tax was lifted and most are still bricked up to this day.

Victorian Architecture

Ranging from 1837 to 1901 under the reign of Queen Victoria I, the Victorian period saw an increase in population and an expansion of the middle class. Whilst some of these properties still retain some characteristics of Georgian homes, they were also highly influenced by the renaissance and Gothic revival movement. Some ways to distinguish these buildings from the ones of a different era is by looking for some of those Gothic features such as pointed roofs with pointed windows that are sometimes decorated with a wooden trim over the edges, roof gables and dormers. During the Victorian era, Britain saw many changes to society and the way buildings were constructed. There is even some difference between the early Victorian homes compared to the later ones. Earlier Victorian homes typically had more complex features, porches and bay windows, where as the period went on so did the designs and they became simpler as more building materials were made from iron and glass. Other identifying marks are terracotta tiles, ornamental stonework, and multi-coloured red bricks. Some common areas where you will see these homes in Knightsbridge, Chelsea, Primrose Hill and Hampstead.

Edwardian Architecture

When King Edward VII became king in 1901 so did the introduction of the Edwardian architecture era. This era extended beyond his reign until 1918. Although short-lived, it is one that stands out due to its influence by the Arts and Crafts Movement. This movement advocated simple design for handmade items in retaliation to the mass production of the Victorian era. After the boom of properties from the Victorian era, builders were forced to build homes further out into the suburbs as there was more space to do so which created the ‘garden suburbs’ such as Hampstead Heath. Unlike we had seen in previous years, Edwardian homes are shorter and wider with more interior and exterior space, wider hallways, more windows and even gardens. Gone were the cellars and second floors. Some other characteristics include red brickwork on the base of the home paired with Mock-Tudor cladding and timbers to the top. As the work transitioned from oil lamps to electricity, the walls could be painted lighter colours as they wouldn’t get dirty making the homes feel even brighter and spacious. Other areas of London where you will find these homes include Richmond, Dulwich and Blackheath.

Designing Interiors For Period Homes

When it comes to designing one of these individual properties you want to highlight certain unique features to each one and that also feels personal to the residents. With Georgian homes, they were known for their elegance and lightness of touch and you want to keep this elegance alive in your home today. You can do this by exposing the original wooden flooring if its salvageable or replace them with new wooden flooring. Renovate the fireplace turning it into a feature of the room with some art, a large mirror or your TV mounted above it drawing the eye to the centre of the room. Modern Victorian homes, they are often styled with lavish antiques and high-end modern furnishings to create the perfect mix of Modern Victorian style. This is a design that must be well thought out avoiding it looking ‘thrown-together’. Seeing as these homes are often narrower it is suggested to incorporate bright colours to open up the space and give the illusion of it being larger than it is. Remodel old furniture to look new and modern such as an old couch replaced with a bold graphic print. Create colour themes throughout the homes. This is easier to pull off with the typical smaller rooms compared to open floor plan homes we have now. One of the most popular ways to update any period property, especially an Edwardian home is to let the light flow through and open it up. It is also quite common to knock down walls turning two smaller rooms into one large one to really let that light flow through the home. Celebrate the bones of an Edwardian home by stripping it right back. You may find some hidden treasures such as attractive joists under the many layers of plasterboard. By doing this you will add character to the room. Other original features you can show off are the skirting boards and fireplaces. Blend the old with the new with built-in cabinets in the kitchen to make them look as though they have always been there.

One of the most common windows that we cover are bay windows which are often seen in Victorian Homes. Shutters add a bit more privacy from outside watchers, cars and buses, they are very easy to manage and maintain, they add style and elegance to the room and can also add value to your property. They are also suitable all year round and give a beautiful finish to any room, custom made plantation shutters are made to suit you, your home and all your design needs. There is a shutter for every room and everyone. 

Do you live in a Georgian, Victorian or Edwardian home? Have you updated your home into a more modern living space? We would love to know how you did. Feel free to share some photos and comments with us. Also, to discuss the options for your windows, call us now on 020 8871 9222 or email us your enquiries.

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