Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Date that Property

Ever wondered what 'period' your home belongs to? Or if the selling agent got the date right!

Here's the (not exhaustive) guide:

How to age a home
  • Tudor (1485 - 1603): half-timbering, steep roof, tall and narrow windows, large chimneys
  • Jacobean (1603 - 1660): flat roof, columns and pilasters, decadent detail
  • Georgian (1714 - 1837): two chimneys, matching housefronts, large sash windows, brick walls, contrasting window frames, porticos
  • Victorian (1837 - 1901): slate roof, three stories, bay windows, ornate finish, Gothic and Renaissance revival, ordered room layout
  • Edwardian (1901 - 1919): red brick, gables, semi-detached, mansion blocks, functional design, less decoration
  • 1920s and 1930s: functional, smaller, mock-Tudor and Georgian revival, plain doorways and lintels, Art Deco, geometric
  • 1940s: angular and shiny surfaces, wooden panelling, tiled fireplaces
  • 1950s: open plan design, streamlining, picture windows, minamalist, high-rise, prefabs
  • 1960s: Large, tall windows touching floor level. Low pitch roofs. Timber cladding. The first 'estate' houses.