Modern or traditional? Maximise the unique features of your property style to find the perfect buyer

(Last Updated On: August 17, 2016)

 While certain architectural features may go in and out of fashion there will always be something for every taste, from those who favour a cutting edge modern look to those who adore period details. If you don’t know your Victorian from your Georgian or Edwardian features (styles named after the currently reigning Monarch at the time) take a look at our quick style guide to demystify the Estate Agent jargon and learn how to maximise your property’s most desirable features.




Tudor – (authentically this period incorporates 1485 – 1603 but many of the surviving Tudor style properties we see today were replicas built during a revival of the style between 1890-1940)


Features include:tudor

  • Decorative half-timbering – exposed wood-framing filled in with plaster, brick or stone
  • Tall, narrow windows
  • Small window panes
  • Prominent cross gables – the triangular portion of a wall defined by the sloping edges of the roof
  • Large chimneys topped with decorative chimney pots
  • Steeply pitched roofs






Georgian (c.1720 – 1820)

Features include:

  • Generous proportions with high ceilingsgeorgian-house-1228223
  • External doors with 6 panels and a fanlight – semi-circular or rectangular window over door
  • Flat or shallow roof partially hidden behind a parapet – extension of wall at edge of roof
  • Marble or stone mantelpiece supported by decorative risers with the appearance of a classical pillar
  • Deep double-hung sash windows
  • Doors and windows with elaborate architrave, frieze and cornice details
  • Wallpaper using wood blocks, stencilling or flocking
  • Iron balustrades on staircases in a sweeping curve to the first floor






Victorian (c.1830 – 1901)


Features include:

  • Bay sash windowsVictorian
  • Terracotta tiles
  • Ornamental stonework and striped, multi-coloured brickwork
  • Brick faced houses with painted stucco to emulate stone
  • Wide mantelpieces to accommodate lots of ornaments
  • Cast iron grates
  • Floral wallpaper
  • Elaborately turned staircase balustrades
  • Picture rail with a decorative frieze above, Dado rail – waist height rail to protect wall – with a patterned paper below.
  • Ornamental moulding cornice below the ceiling – high ceilings were unfashionable so all the horizontal lines were used to visually reduce the height of the ceiling



Edwardian (c.1901 – 1910)

Features include:

  • Rough cast walls
  • Small paned leaded windowsedwardian
  • Rustic bricks
  • Art Nouveau influences in fire places, light fittings, stained glass and door furniture
  • Jacobean details such as gargoyles, mullioned windows, studded doors and Dutch gables
  • Houses with Neo-Georgian influence: large bays, sash windows and columns
  • Half timbering and small feature windows
  • Wooden porches with turned spindles
  • Brackets and decorative fretwork
  • No dado rails only the picture rail




Art Nouveau (c.1890 – 1919)

Art Nouveau


Features include:

  • Asymmetrical shapes
  • Extensive use of arches and curved forms
  • Stained glass and mosaics
  • Plant-like embellishments – motifs such as rose, iris, waterlily, dragonfly, butterfly, snail and peacock and the whiplash or spiral of smoke.Art Nouveua
  • Female faces with hair flowing in waves as if caught in wind or under water
  • Nymphs/fairies emerging from flowers and naked ladies stretching upwards, holding lights.






Art Deco (c.1925-1939)

Features include:

  • Flat roof
  • Two storey stucco walls, painted white or light pArt Deco Houseastels
  • Glass block steel casement windows
  • Small round windows, curved corner walls and concrete basement walls
  • Low-relief geometrical designs, often with parallel straight lines
  • Zigzags, chevrons, and stylized floral motives
  • Smooth-faced stone
  • Concrete foundations
  • Metal railings







Features include:

  • Herringbone brickwork
  • Tile-hung walls and weatherboarding
  • Diamond shaped leaded panes in wooden framed windows with iron casements
  • Red clay roof tiles rather than slate
  • Porch with simple hood with console or gabled brackets
  • Oak doors with iron nails and fittings
  • Two storey bay with angled or half rounded sides
  • Oak panelled interiors
  • False beams





Mid-century Modern (1935 – 1965)

Features include:

  • Lack of ornament and materials meeting in simple joints1280px-Rehousing_tenements_c1935
  • Emphasis on horizontal and vertical lines with shapes resembling boxes, or linked boxes
  • Well-defined planes juxtaposed against horizontal elements for dramatic effect
  • Low, flat roofs with broad overhangs
  • Exposed steel columns, exposed concrete blocks and floors
  • Wood stained rather than painted to express its natural character
  • Use of large expanses of glass and natural landscaping
  • Emphasis on open interior spaces no longer defined by walls, doors and hallways


Postmodern (From mid 60s)

Features include:


  • Shift towards interest in historical styles and the preservation of older buildings
  • Renovation of many older landmark buildings
  • More value placed on individuality, intimacy, complexity, and humour
  • Inclusive sense of heritage to acknowledge and preserve finest achievements of every period



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Written by: The Team | On: September 9, 2015

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