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Traditional Architecture 113 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...
My Houzz: Converted Victorian Schoolhouse Looks to the Past
When Maria Jackson’s husband, Thomas, put in the final bid for a stately Victorian schoolhouse in the picturesque village of Langar, in Nottinghamshire, England, the couple knew they were purchasing a piece of history. “When we saw it had come up...
Room of the Day: A Fresh Mix in a Traditional Colonial
“If it’s possible to have a palette of taupe and clear with a few splashes of tropical color, I want that.” That was the direction interior designer Heather Garrett received for decorating this home in tobacco country. Because one of the homeowners...
Houzz Tour: New Warmth for a 17th-Century Scottish Castle
While exploring the Scottish Highlands in the 1990s, a family of four came across the neglected Dalcross Castle. Captivated by the building and its history, they bought it in 1996. The castle was built in 1620 for one of the daughters of the eighth Lord...
Exploring Architecture: Discover the Secrets of Georgian Style
“Georgian architecture” refers to the architectural style of the period between 1720 and 1830. It takes its name from the four British King Georges (I, II, III and IV) who ruled from 1714 to 1830. Georgian architecture departed from the English Baroque...
So Your Style Is: Early American
In November 1620, a group of Europeans docked near the tip of Cape Cod and staggered onto the soil of North America. Historians say they called themselves Separatists, as they had removed themselves from the Church of England, but today we know them as...
Houzz Tour: Recalling the Pilgrims in a 350-Year-Old Home
Doug Towle likes to call it the evening that changed his life. The New Hampshire native was fresh out of grad school when some acquaintances invited him to visit their home, a 1793 tavern that had been converted into a house. Towle was no stranger...
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...
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