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Video:Characteristics of a Georgian Style House

with Fred Abler

Georgian style home design is derived from the Colonial era, but the architecture is prevalent in neighborhoods across America. Watch this video from About.com to learn more about the common characteristics of Georgian homes.See Transcript

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Transcript:Characteristics of a Georgian Style House

Hi, I'm Fred Abler, Graduate Architect and CEO of FormFonts.com. I'm here today for About.com to talk to you about the characteristics of a Georgian style home.

Georgian Home Design Derived from the Colonial Era

This is an historic style of architecture dating back to Colonial times, and named for the four British Kings George, whose reign lasted from 1714 to 1830. These were often the homes of prosperous Colonists from Maine to Virginia, symmetrical and stately, and constructed of wood or brick (depending on what was readily available). To this day, you'll find the greatest concentration of these homes on the East coast, but the Georgian style did move Westward, evolving as it did along the way.

Exterior Characteristics of Georgian Homes

The two Georgian homes we'll be looking at today are both located in California and were built in the first half of the 20th Century, which makes them Georgian Revival or Neo-Georgian. Georgian style homes are symmetrical, rectangular structures with a traditional four-over-four floor plan. They are also two- to three-stories and have central or end chimneys. The central front door is flanked with an equal number of multi-paned, pediment windows on either side. Georgian homes have hipped, gambrel, or side-gable roofs with minimal overhangs, and some have dormer windows. Some of these homes also have porticos or small front porches with pillars.

Interior Design of Georgian Homes

Interiors have a centralized staircase, but room placement will vary by home. These homes do not have open floor plans, which may be a drawback for some. However, closed floor plans enhance the privacy of each room and help reduce sound transmission. Georgian homes maintain their value and are always a desirable piece of property. They are often well-located, and their size and stately demeanor do wonders in keeping them competitive in almost any market. If you're looking for elegance and old-world charm, look no further than a Georgian home.

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