The Georgian Home

The Georgian era spanned from 1714 – 1830 with 1830-1837 often referred to as late Georgian

Houses during this time were built to be spacious and comfortable, they were built with grand proportions to create a heightened sense of space and light in the property, to contrast the darker architectural styles that preceded the Georgian era.

Properties of this era often have large windows on the main floors of the house with small windows at the top this is due to the way the families and staff lived in the house. The 1st and 2nd stories of the house would be the living space for the owner and their family. With the staff quarter at the top floor of the house hence the smaller rooms with lower ceilings and smaller windows. The kitchens were down on a lower ground away from the main living areas of the house.

If you look closely at a Georgian Property you may notice something strange- a bricked up window. This characteristic was caused by the window tax levied on the homeowners in 1696-1851. The window tax led to many of Georgian properties having bricked up windows to avoid higher taxes, for a large amount of properties these windows were left even after the tax was lifted.

Georgian Characteristics
  • Town Houses.

  • Sash windows smaller at the top of the house.

  • Symmetrical.

  • Exterior mouldings – often on the ground floor of the building with exposed brick completing the rest of the exterior.

  • Cream or white render.