Victorian House

Victorian home style

Victorian Style House Plans Victorian House Styles (1840-1900) A "Victorian" is a house constructed during the Victorian era, a time when industrialization brought new building materials and techniques, resulting in rapid changes in architecture. While there are a variety of Victorian Styles, perhaps the style most associated with the term "Victorian" is Queen Anne, the most elaborate of the Victorian Styles.



Victorian house generally means any house built during the reign of Queen Victoria (1837–1901). During the Industrial Revolution successive housing booms resulted in the building of many millions of Victorian houses which are now a defining feature of most British towns and cities.[1] In the UK, Victorian houses follow a wide range of architectural styles. Starting from the early classicism inherited from Regency architecture, the Italianate style gained influence in the 1840s and 1850s, and the Gothic style became prevalent by the 1880s.
Later in the Victorian era, the Queen Anne style and the Arts and Crafts movement increased in influence, resulting in the transition to styles typically seen in Edwardian houses. Victorian houses are also found in many former British colonies where the style might be adapted to local building materials or customs

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When you think “Victorian”, think gingerbread. Evoking the candy-decorated gingerbread house that Hansel and Gretel found in the woods, Victorian architecture had its basis in more practical matters. New building techniques and advances in industrialization enabled builders to design fanciful, highly adorned homes that were limited only by the imagination. The gingerbread trim we commonly associate with Victorian home plans could be mass-produced thanks to the development of the steam-powered scroll saw and lathe, making it affordable, accessible, and nearly ubiquitous through the late 19th century.
Victorian house plans tend to be large and irregular, featuring a multitude of bays and roof elements at varying heights. One or more porches provide quiet places to sit and visit with the neighbors. Every opportunity to add decoration is taken, with turned posts and spindles dressing the porch, elaborate brackets and bargeboards under the eaves, and stickwork or shingled patterns on the upper walls. Victorian homes are traditionally painted in exuberant color schemes.
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Architectural features:
- Typically two stories, with steeply pitched and complex roof lines
- Gingerbread ornamentation adorns the exterior
- Porches, balconies, towers, and turrets are common

Wonderfully fanciful, Victorian architecture was popular in the United States from 1875 through the turn of the century. A Victorian house plan offers a starting point that can be interpreted and personalized in an infinite number of ways. Victorian home designs draw from a variety of styles from Gothic to Italianate. Laden with turrets, porches, and bays and embellished with gingerbread, shingles, and fanciful windows, Victorian home plans are like snowflakes: no two are alike. Victorian house plans typically feature at least two stories with, with steep complex rooflines.

Eaves and gable ends may boast decorative brackets and delicate gingerbread ornamentation. Thanks to their irregular massing, Victorian floor plans tend to be free-form and rambling. Victorian sub-styles include Gothic Revival, Queen Anne or Eastlake, Stick style, Second Empire, and Shingle style. Ideal for creative homeowners who want a one-of-a-kind home, Victorian house plans are a great way to express your individuality.