Historic Vintage House Plans

Written by Helen Glenn Court
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The approach to ensuring your confidence in what might be described as historic vintage house plans is twofold. First you should work with an architect who specializes in the period in question--whether it's Spanish Eclectic, Greek Revival, Queen Anne, or Folk Victorian. Secondly, you should educate yourself beyond the basics in that style. Learn the mouldings, architectural detailing, roof materials, and dormer styles that are characteristic of it. Does this sound as if it's too expensive and challenging for your tastes?

Historic Vintage House Plans: the Timelessness Factor

It might sound that way, but have no fear. You're building a new house according to historic vintage house plans, not searching for an original. What you want is a house you can be proud to call home, a house in a period style you enjoy. Architectural integrity is what you're after.

Working with a professional who focuses almost exclusively on the period you like is what it takes. He or she has studied this period in depth and is intimately familiar with it. Your part of the bargain is to supply a comprehensive list of needs and wants, to understand what will or won't translate well into the concept.

To take one example, let's say that your direction for this dream house of yours is an Arts and Crafts cottage. Read into that topic. Know that the architecture is in part a knee-jerk reaction to the Industrial Age, a quest to simplify and integrate with natural elements. Know that roofs are gabled and sometimes hipped, that stories are limited to one-and-a-half, that square columned front porches are the rule, that roof beams are exposed. Bungalow descriptions that mention four bedrooms, three baths, and pedimented windows are decidedly not historic vintage house plans.


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