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Posted on Mar 27, 2017 by Sam Heer

How to Spot a Victorian House

Victorian architecture refers to several styles that were in fashion from the early 1800s to early 1900s, during the reign of its namesake Queen Victoria. If you’re looking into finding a Victorian-style house of your own, or perhaps looking into finding architecturally-correct replacement windows, here are its characteristics.

Spotting a Victorian House

Perhaps the most popular variation of Victorian architecture is the Queen Anne home style, to the point where it has become synonymous with “Victorian” in many areas. Despite the design leaning toward beauty rather than practicality, many homeowners still favor this style, which is recognized through the following characteristics.

  1. Wood or brick exterior – Victorian homes typically use wood siding but some variants would have patterned brick, or even stone, exterior.

  2. Asymmetrical floor plan – Unlike Georgian homes, Victorian architecture is asymmetrically shaped, with wings and the occasional bay window in different directions.

  3. Elaborate decorative trim – A characteristic of Victorian homes is the elaborately crafted wood or metal trim.

  4. Textured roofing – In keeping up with its decorated feel, Victorian homes have scalloped or fish-scale shingles, patterned masonry, and half-timbering as exterior elements. The roofline would be steep and multi-faceted, with towers and turrets further emphasizing the imposing look.

Windows on Victorian Homes

In addition to the aforementioned bay windows, Victorian style homes typically have tall, double-hung windows, differentiated by the grille designs. For instance, while most Victorian style windows have Colonial or Prairie grilles, Queen Anne has its own distinctive grille style: the upper sashes are decorated with art glass, or a decorative grille pattern combined with colored glass. Bay windows are installed on the ground floor to add a sense of space.

With Renewal by Andersen® replacement windows, you can enjoy the aesthetics of Victorian style architecture, along with modern benefits such as energy efficiency, long-lasting material, and easy operation.

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