What Are The Defining Characteristics Of An Edwardian House?

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The Edwardian phase covered a massive expansion in the number of houses in the United Kingdom. Railways lead to the explosive growth of suburbs around every city and large town, with terraces, detached and semi-detached 'villa' style homes for white collar commuting workers.

Edwardian houses are difficult to pin-point as a general style as they share many of the features of Victorian and Georgian housing, often with neo-Gothic influences thrown in. The Queen Anne style overlapped into the Edwardian era as did the Arts and Crafts style, which lasted into the 1920's.

They are likely to be larger and wider than Victorian houses, with room for wide halls and wider and taller bay windows with larger panes of glass. The bay windows were also often on the second floor as well as the ground floor, and rooms were generally larger than in Victorian times with higher ceilings. There was also a separate strand of Arts and Crafts influenced housing which imitated Tudor cottages with smaller, leaded windows and rough-cast walls, sometimes with half-timber details.

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