Period Design: Georgian Architectural Influences
The Georgian period is typically defined as dating between 1714 and1830, the time when the four British monarchs, George I, II, III and IV reigned in continuous succession. This was a time when towns and buildings in general were expanding, and landowners who may previously have had a house or two on their land could become larger-scale property developers, with rows of neat identical terraced houses in the same space. Construction standards were generally high, and there are a lot of features of this period which are still popular with newer constructions today.
Palladianism in Georgian Architecture
The early Georgian period was most heavily influenced by Palladianism, a type of design based on the work of Italian architect Andreas Palladio. Palladio tried to recreate the style and proportions of buildings in Ancient Rome. We see this influence in the understated decorative elements of buildings and rigid symmetry in design. Large houses were built to be wide and shallow, to look most impressive, and were set in grand landscaped settings. Windows were large, and usually arranged in a grid to minimise window tax.
Late Georgian Flexibility
The fashion in the later Georgian period was more flexible, and architects experimented with Rococo interiors and fancier designs, with fluted columns, high ceilings and taller, narrower sash windows. Rows of terraced townhouses were popular throughout the Georgian period, and many of the simple, elegant characteristics of the designs of the time are still in use today.
Modern Georgian Homes
Whether you’re building a home from scratch or renovating a property in a period style, the Georgian period is a popular architectural style to go for. This time represents a great era of British history, when construction was a fast-growing industry. Georgian features tend to be less intricate and fussy than more ornate styles, making them quicker and simpler to construct, and therefore more cost-effective. High ceilings, elegant designs and a feeling of light and space in airy rooms with large windows are desirable qualities in any home.
If you’re creating a home in a Georgian style, as well as the construction of the building itself you’ll need to think about the smaller details such as skirting boards, architraves and more decorative features of rooms. Specialist joinery services exist to help, such as Arthur Wood Joinery, who are experts in period joinery items, and can provide standard Georgian features or even create bespoke items to your specification. There’s lots of information available for just about every aspect of Georgian architecture, and with specialist on hand to offer help and advice, you can create a beautiful and historically-accurate period home.