Different styles of architecture become popular and are quickly copied by home designers who water the essence of the style down so that it can be applied to standard “builder plans” with a minimum of fuss. These bastardized abominations are called by the same name as the design inspiration, but they really are nothing more than the builder’s standard floor plan with a few details stuck on. This is actually “green” design, because so little thought is required, the designer can turn the lights off early, thereby saving oodles of carbon.
But most styles do have an origin and looking a little deeper into an architectural style will lead a designer to a purer and more beautiful source. Today, let’s look at “Georgian” and close cousins “Adams” and “Early Classical Revival”. In the 17th and 18th centuries, British architects were discovering buildings of the Italian Renaissance and their ideas made their way to America by way of “builders companions” (the plan books of their day). They can be simple or elaborate, appear symmetrical (even when they’re not) and rely on good proportion and proper execution of detail for their appeal.
How to design a “Georgian” house. Step 1- Select your “go-to” floor plan. Step 2- Add vaguely “Georgian” detail such as brick or a column. Step 3- There is no Step 3. You’re done!
Dear Designer or Prospective Home Owner, please don’t allow yourself to to be associated with such! Although people will smile and tell you how they’re sure that “you must love your house”, they’re just being polite. Below are few of my favorite examples of correct and proper Georgian architecture.
And here are a few examples of our designs: