Traditional Architecture 119 Stories

I’ve recently started a project that will be a total renovation of a fairly bland...
I’ve recently started a project that will be a total renovation of a fairly bland 1970s Cape Cod. The house doesn’t really have any of the charming features of a Cape...
Roots of Style: Where Did Your House Get Its Look?
One of the most common questions people have about their own home is, What style is it? This is not always an easy question to answer. "Style" is an elusive term, because it can be applied to many different things, and style is frequently...
Roots of Style: Does Your House Have a Medieval Heritage?
Classical architecture continues its reach into localized design and likely defines more than a few houses in your neighborhood. But you or your neighbor might be living in simpler or more freely formed houses, and these styles have...
Roots of Style: Do You Live in a Minimalist Traditional House?
Minimalist traditional style began in the 1930s as an affordable response to the depression. It took form, massing and details from earlier styles such as Tudor and colonial revival and simplified them. The concept translated well in the following decades....
Roots of Style: Your Home May Have a Renaissance Classical Past
Are you living in a Renaissance-inspired dwelling? Chances are likely, for this primary root of classically inspired building spanned...
‘Wolf Hall’ Style: The Secrets of Tudor Architecture
Although style periods never have fixed beginnings and ends and tend to overlap with other movements, the Tudor period is generally agreed to have taken place between the late 15th century, with the accession of Henry VII to the throne in 1485, and the...
Roots of Style: The Historic Australian Brick House
Brick has been used in Australian architecture since the country’s earliest days. And while it may not be the most glamorous of building materials, it does give the country’s historic houses and villas a sense of heritage, strength and solidity....
Houzz Tour: Midcentury Dream for a Modern Family
Helen Sheppard and David Cripps bought their house in Croydon, South Australia, for its size and good bones, but they weren’t crazy about the existing decor or layout. “The owners wanted to make it their own,” says Rebekah Cichero of...
Houzz Tour: Contemporary Glamour in a Historic London Flat
Designer Dyfed Price knew this protected historic home in London’s Kensington district would need plenty of work, but he also saw lots of potential. He helped art-loving owners searching for a renovation project choose the apartment. “The apartment...
Houzz Tour: Sophistication and Style in a Compact London Flat
Sometimes it’s clear from the start that a renovation will need to be drastic. So it was with this compact flat in the heart of London. “The building is Victorian, but a 1960s conversion had left the property with a warren of rooms that didn’t function...
Houzz Tour: Lots of Love for a Lightened-Up 1909 Home
This 1909 home on a hill above a valley overlooking the Indian Ocean in Perth, Australia, has been renovated many times over the years. The most recent overhaul was by its current owners, interior designer and stylist Kim Pearson and husband James Pearson....
My Houzz: Converted Victorian Schoolhouse Looks to the Past
When Maria Jackson’s husband, Thomas, put in the final bid for a stately Victorian schoolhouse in the picturesque village of Langar, in Nottinghamshire, England, the couple knew they were purchasing a piece of history. “When we saw it had come up...
Room of the Day: A Fresh Mix in a Traditional Colonial
“If it’s possible to have a palette of taupe and clear with a few splashes of tropical color, I want that.” That was the direction interior designer Heather Garrett received for decorating this home in tobacco country. Because one of the homeowners...
Houzz Tour: New Warmth for a 17th-Century Scottish Castle
While exploring the Scottish Highlands in the 1990s, a family of four came across the neglected Dalcross Castle. Captivated by the building and its history, they bought it in 1996. The castle was built in 1620 for one of the daughters of the eighth Lord...
Exploring Architecture: Discover the Secrets of Georgian Style
“Georgian architecture” refers to the architectural style of the period between 1720 and 1830. It takes its name from the four British King Georges (I, II, III and IV) who ruled from 1714 to 1830. Georgian architecture departed from the English Baroque...
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