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How To Renovate An Edwardian House

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Do you have an Edwardian house that you need to renovate or restore? Perhaps you want to keep the key features of your Edwardian house but add some modernisation or maybe you want to recreate an Edwardian house. If your answer is ‘yes’ to any of those questions, then this article is perfect for you.

Over the past few weeks we have been looking at London’s architecture and the different houses built within certain eras.

Today we are going to look at the Edwardian era.

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In this article we will discuss:

  • When was an Edwardian House Built?
  • How old is an Edwardian House?
  • How to identify an Edwardian house
  • How to restore an Edwardian house
  • How to renovate an Edwardian house
  • How to paint an Edwardian house
  • How to furnish an Edwardian house

When was an Edwardian House Built? How Old is an Edwardian House?

The Edwardian period was a very short era from 1901-1914.

Edward V11 only reigned from 1901-1910 until his died and his son George V succeeded him, however the Edwardian Period itself was sent to have ended in 1914 when the first world war started.

King Edward enjoyed the finer, luxurious things in life and the Edwardian era took on his characteristics too.

There was a housing boom during this period in the suburbs and a need for London and home county properties and that could commute on the railway.

An Edwardian House is over a century old.

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How To Identify an Edwardian House?

Edwardian houses were large homes, but they tended to be simpler. It was a mixture of previous eras combined but space and light were key features.

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Many Edwardian houses were built in a straight line and with red brickwork.

One of the differences with many Edwardian properties compared to the Georgian and Victorian era is they did not have cellars and second floors as they had a lot less servants, however they opted for larger halls and gardens.

Often properties would be half cladded with the upper half being cladded and some pebbledash or plain rendering.

Chimneys

Chimneys were an essential feature of Edwardian properties as there was still no gas heating by this point so open fires were heating the houses.

In the more luxurious houses, they would make the chimney a feature with decorative brickwork.

Roofs

The roofs in Edwardian times were similar to the Victorian era. Many roofs were made with Welsh slate tiles, clay tiles, ceramic or metal sheet. The tiles in Edwardian times were often plain unlike the Victorian era.

Often roofs are steep pitched with gable ends

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 Windows

The windows in an Edwardian house were often a mix of sash and bay windows. The sash windows were often six over 2 panels. The glass panes were larger.

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Porches

Porches were a feature in an Edwardian house often with timber railings. The richer the household the more lavish porches they would have. Often they would also have wooden verandas and gables.

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Balconies

Balconies with timber railings are also a distinctive feature of Edwardian houses.

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Front Doors

Front doors often had stained glass in the Edwardian era. The upper two thirds of the door were often glazed.

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How to restore an Edwardian house

As with all period houses try and restore rather than renew. If you can keep as many original features as possible in your Edwardian house it will really hold the character and period features which will also maximise the value of the property.

The Interior of an Edwardian House

Spacious airy bright and light was the theme of the interiors in an Edwardian property from high ceilings to spacious hallways. Less detail and fuss than the Victorian Era but by no means lacking in elegance and prestige.

The Victorian interiors were cluttered and had dark features but in the Edwardian period they were ready for change along with the King and the interiors were more cheerful.

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Wooden floors with oriental rugs are a great choice for an Edwardian house. As always, if you have the original try and restore rather than replace.

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Fireplaces were still a feature in Edwardian houses and the only source of central heating but they tended to be smaller than Victorian fireplaces. Tiles were often a feature and they were usually made of cast iron. As with most of the design in the Edwardian era the designs were simpler than the Victorian period.

How to paint/decorate an Edwardian house

As mentioned, the colours in the Victorian era tended to be dark and gloomy but in the Edwardian era the colours changed to pastel colours with flowers and floral patterns

If you are opting for wall paper, choose florals like roses, lilac, wisteria. Ribbons, bows and stripes are very typical patterns you will see in restored Edwardian Houses

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How to furnish an Edwardian house

You will often see bamboo and wicker furniture in a traditional Edwardian house. You can still source furniture like this today.

Wing chair styles would be a good choice, keeps the colours light and try and stick with the theme of pastel colours.

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For the window décor add lace and either floral curtains or plain pastel colours
Use floral cushions on sofas and beds
Picture should be hung half way down a wall.

Conclusion

The Edwardian design was a real mixture of previous periods and styles but the main focus was around space and light.

Speak to one of our team about how we can design and build your space.