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Traditional Architecture 108 Stories

I’ve recently started a project that will be a total renovation of a fairly bland 1970s Cape Cod. The house doesn’t really have any of the charming features of a Cape and is sorely lacking in curb appeal....
Roots of Style: Where Did Your House Get Its Look?
One of the most common questions people have about their own home is, What style is it? This is not always an easy question to answer. "Style" is an elusive term, because it can be applied to many different things, and style is frequently...
Roots of Style: Does Your House Have a Medieval Heritage?
Classical architecture continues its reach into localized design and likely defines more than a few houses in your neighborhood. But you or your neighbor might be living in simpler or more freely formed houses, and these styles have...
Roots of Style: Do You Live in a Minimalist Traditional House?
Minimalist traditional style began in the 1930s as an affordable response to the depression. It took form, massing and details from earlier styles such as Tudor and colonial revival and simplified them. The concept translated well in the following decades....
Roots of Style: Your Home May Have a Renaissance Classical Past
Are you living in a Renaissance-inspired dwelling? Chances are likely, for this primary root of classically inspired building spanned...
Exploring Architecture: Discover the Secrets of Edwardian Homes
As the Victorian era drew to a close with the death of Queen Victoria in 1901, the short but influential reign of King Edward VII marked the beginning of a new era in English architecture, style and society. “In the Edwardian era, everything opened...
Victorian Details Make Their Way in Modern Life
On a walk through any town in Britain and many in the U.S. and elsewhere, you could encounter homes from the Georgian, Tudor and Edwardian eras, to name just three. It can often be difficult to distinguish one period from another. Victorian architecture...
How to Gently Bring a Victorian Home Into the 21st Century
Victorian houses, grand or humble, typically are solidly built and simply configured. Inside, the 19th-century homes were originally built with interesting features, such as sash windows, ceiling medallions, cast iron fireplaces, molding and tall...
Houzz Tour: Taking ‘Ye Olde’ Out of a Nantucket Shingle-Style Home
Though this shingle-style home on the island of Nantucket, Massachusetts, was full of charm, the layout didn’t match the way the family who bought it wanted to live. “These homeowners are happiest when the house is full of family and...
My Houzz: Light Emerges in a Dark Victorian House
When Beth Dadswell and her family moved into their Victorian semidetached house in West Dulwich, in southeast London, in 2011, they were excited about living in a historic building again. They were leaving behind a 1960s house they had renovated themselves....
Houzz Tour: A Live-Work Space With a Heavenly Heritage
When interior designer Gianna Camilotti set eyes on this converted historic church in Chingford, Essex, a suburb of London, it was love at first sight. It had undergone a sympathetic conversion in 2005, leaving Camilotti with a gleaming white space in...
Houzz Tour: Southern Charm in the California Wine Country
After work had sent them around the globe, the owners of this California wine country house wanted to put down roots in their retirement. They turned to their vacation house, which had served as a constant during years of relocations. It was a turn-of-the-20th-century...
Houzz Tour: San Francisco’s Haas-Lilienthal House
For 128 years the large house has stood at the intersection of Franklin and Jackson streets in San Francisco, and time has done little to diminish the beauty of the Queen Anne–style Victorian with its distinctive witch’s cap turret and its elaborate...
Houzz Tour: Lowcountry Style With an Eye on Entertaining
“Wherever I go, I’m always taking lots of photographs of homes in the area, getting the style down,” says architect Wayne Visbeen. To prepare for designing a home with local Lowcountry...
Houzz Tour: Artistry and Illusion Season a Baton Rouge Townhouse
“Wow, what a great old house!” visitors often exclaim when they see Ty Larkins’ home for the first time. Larkins can’t help but smile. While the structure resembles the kind of Greek...
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