Victorian

Victorians are two to three story homes made of wood or stone exterior. They usually have decorative trim and a steep, asymmetrical shape. They often have a multi-faceted roofs and a one-story porch.

Pros
Victorian homes usually have lots of character, unique features and can be found in history-rich areas.

Cons
Building materials and hardware for Victorian homes are not typically always readily available.


 

Victorian Queen Anne

Colorful Accents

Most Victorian homes have colorful accents. By 1887, bright earth tones were very much in vogue, and create a warm, welcoming atmosphere.

Wooden ‘Gingerbread’ Trim, Rounded ‘Fish-scaled’ Gables and Porches

Classic Queen Anne Victorians have delicate gingerbread trim. This type of decoration is called Eastlake, named after the work of famous English furniture designer, Charles Eastlake. The fish-scaled gables are a defining, recognizable feature on Queen Annes. Most porches on Queen Anne Victorians are one-story and wrap around the front, this look evokes a very luxurious style.

 

Victorian Gothic

Vergeboard

Also known as bargeboards, most vergeboards are fastened to the gables of a roof to strengthen, protect, and conceal the exposed timbers there. Bargeboards are sometimes molded or carved, and are reminiscient of classic gingerbread, dollhouse-style roofs.

 

Victorian Gable

Small Vernacular Homes

Most are small, vernacular homes in which the gable is facing the street. Their architectural style is often informed by local traditions and needs. This allows them to blend in nicely with the surrounding homes and local community.