Top 5 Best House Styles
Put simply, Architectural Style is what defines the way a house feels and looks. In Britain, there are many house styles to choose from. They reflect the trends, wealth level and the general mood of the era they were built in.
In many instances, a walk down the street can take you on something of an immersive trip through history. Undoubtedly, you will pass by houses that were all created at various points in time.
Here, we have selected 5 of the most popular house styles for you to sink your teeth into. Perhaps you are building your own home and are trying to recreate a certain style. Or maybe you are simply carrying out a renovation project and want to know how to remain authentic. Easy. At Pro Arkitects – Design & Build Experts, we’ve got the guide for you.
1. Georgian (1714 – 1830)
Spanning multiple generations, Georgian Architecture receives it’s namesake from the reigns of the first four King Georges of England. These spaciously sized, classical buildings are known for their distinctly reserved elegance. Their satisfying symmetry, accomplished partly by applying the golden ratio, is extremely pleasing to the eye. Georgian-style homes were constructed primarily to offer a more generous sense of space. Furthermore, they offered natural light, which had been noticeably absent from many earlier architectural styles.
A varied and highly influential category, Georgian Architecture encompasses many types of houses. These include stately English country mansions, as well as terraced townhouse blocks in London and Dublin.
2. Modern/ New Build (1990’s and Beyond)
By the 1990’s, the British public desperately craved a change in house style. People wanted more traditional features in their homes, following the exposed shortcomings of the popular modernist structures of the 1960’s. As a result, new build houses outwardly mirrored older buildings once more. Rendered walls, mock timber framing and cottage features all appealed to buyers, approaching the end of the century.
Most notably, insulation started being introduced into walls and loft spaces around this stage. Additionally, double glazing began to be retrofitted into most homes. Safety standards were improved during this period, with more elaborate security measurements, such as gas and fire safety, being implemented. It was at this time that build estates were laid out at angles or staggered back to resemble villages.
3. Eco-Build (2000’s and Beyond)
If the 1990’s saw modernism rejected, in the 2000’s, it rose significantly in popularity. This, along with people’s desire to live in more environmentally-friendly, sustainable homes, has led to the modern minimalist style.
The shape and form of these properties take into consideration the importance of shade and sunlight. Homes can now be built to reduce heat loss, with heat exchangers being used to provide fresh air and warmth. Solar panels are fitted into new homes, and open plan interiors can be designed without the problems caused by draughts.
Exposed steelwork and timber cladding are common features in modern builds, as are large expanses of glass. These, thanks to new double and triple glazing technology, can now be fitted whilst maintaining thermal efficiency.
4. Pre-Georgian (1660 – 1688)
Unlike Henry VII, the Stuart Kings were more open to the architectural fashions from Europe. Inigo Jones became one of the first individuals to apply this style to buildings for the Royal Family. However, it would not be until after 1660 that this style would begin to transform housing.
Timber framed homes were still popular with merchants and farmers in the countryside during this period. However, the homes of those who were better off were becoming increasingly built of stone and brick. It was at this point also that 2 storey homes with bedrooms above ground floor rooms became more common.
5. Edwardian (1901 – 1910)
During the Edwardian era, the Baroque style of the late 17th century was adapted for grand houses and public buildings.
As many rejected the mass produced goods of the industrial age, craftsmanship and traditional forms of building were revived. It was during this time that the Arts and Crafts Movement led to a rise in vernacular architecture and timber framing. Pebbledash and hanging tiles could be found on most Edwardian terraces. White painted timber porches and balconies, with intricate fretwork and balusters, were also popular.
The exterior of Edwardian homes were still colourful, but the patterns were generally more subdued than the Victorian era. With the arrival of gas and electric lighting, houses did not get as dirty. This encouraged people to decorate with lighter, brighter wallpapers and curtains.