Victorian House Exterior
You may quickly identify whether a house is Victorian or not, as certain elements are almost always present in these types of homes.
Unusual paint combinations are typical for a Victorian house. It is typically painted in at least three colors, some reminiscent of cotton candies, while others are more subdued.
Another noticeable element is the elaborate woodwork, which comes in different shapes, sizes, and orientations, giving the facade one-of-a-kind patterns.
Wraparound porches are also common. It is probably not a Victorian house without porches, which serve as extended living spaces. What makes these porches different from the porches of other homes are their intricate columns and railings.
Another distinct Victorian house exterior element is the windows. The windows in the first story are often different from those in the second story in terms of shapes and size. You may see a mix of bay windows, eyebrow windows, arch windows, and traditional windows. They may have decorative panels and made of leaded glass or stained glass.
Asymmetry is also an element of Victorian house exterior. Turrets and towers, which are used bedrooms, parlors, or studies, extend up to multiple floors, giving the house an asymmetrical look from outside.
Victorian houses have other features that make them distinct. The porch railings, spindles, columns, gingerbread trims, wall surfaces, and Mansard roofs are characterized by intricacy. Though they look like they were hand-carved because of the superb detailing, they are, surprisingly, mass-produced, which is typical for home styles in the Victorian era.