As you can probably guess, the term ‘Victorian architecture’ comes from Queen Victoria’s reign in the UK from mid-1837 to early 1901. During this time, the British used to name architectural styles after the decision of the monarch in this period. This architectural trend therefore originated in Great Britain but has spread to other countries, even to other continents. In the past, royalty was very fond of art and the various influences of unknown and therefore interesting cultures. This is why this particular style combines elements from the Middle East and Asia. It is believed that the Victorian style was carried to other countries by English architects who migrated to the four cardinal points of the world, bringing their knowledge of what is in fashion at home to the new destination they are heading to. . This is the reason why Victorian homes can be seen in Australia, Canada, USA, New Zealand, etc. By this time, the communications and transportation industry was already developed to such an extent that information could travel faster and become news of what is fashionable in other remote places.
The Victorian period overlaps with the Industrial Revolution, that is, technological development. This surely contributed to the more intricate design elements of the house at the time. There are some very typical traits of a house built on this style that are highly distinctive. The first thing that might catch your eye when you see such a house is the kind of part of the roof that looks like a tower, which is often present. Another part of the roof is strongly sloped and built in different parts and not as a whole, so it does not have a regular shape. Usually, the gable faces the front of a house, not the sides of it. But since the roof is divided into several parts, some gables can be turned to the side. The walls are meant not to have a smooth effect, so they are constructed of textured shingles. The asymmetry was probably honored during this time since the whole house is built with such an idea in mind. From the front, the porch could extend along one side of the house and have detailed ornaments on the railing. The skylights are also very typical. Floor to ceiling windows that extend outward from the main building level are also quite common. These houses are usually made of wood and have two stores. The exterior of a Victorian house as described above is very easy to recognize.
Believe it or not, the design of the Victorian style home is still considered interesting and attractive by many. There are houses built this way with a few modern touches here and there. They actually have a kind of romantic appearance and can become the pride of any neighborhood. Nowadays, their very existence preserves the spirit of the past, making the property unique and remarkable. From the outside, it may look like a history book, but from the inside, they can be decorated according to the contemporary trend if that’s how you prefer. If you want to be a proud owner of such a house, you should know that you can change the interior and make it conform to your particular needs and preferences. A room can be transformed into a dressing room, for example. The kitchen can be transformed to integrate today’s appliances. A garage can also be added without differing from the rest of the house.
The clash of the modern and the old must not in fact be a shock but an integration and a combination so that both are shown and not forgotten.