Do you have a 'favorite' style of old house?

lavender_lassJuly 14, 2013

I've been gone for quite a while, due to family illness, but I thought this might be an interesting question. Do you look for a certain type of house that you're fond of...a certain style or period? Or do you look more for a neighborhood with an older fixer upper? Or maybe one that is completely done and just move in?

When I was really young, I loved Victorian homes. They're so pretty, but eventually I ended up wanting to find a cottage in the woods, with a big garden. I found the land, but still working on the house :)

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The Shingle Style is what would meet your requirements. It is also my favorite. However, because of the tight integration of elements and endless variations it can require the assistance of a design professional.

    Bookmark   July 14, 2013 at 8:01AM
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A Tudor style anything - mansion, house, cottage. :)

    Bookmark   July 14, 2013 at 11:06AM
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Try a craftsman bungalow in the shingle style. Fits the environment, and is one of the most livable house styles.

    Bookmark   July 14, 2013 at 5:37PM
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Circus Peanut

Hey, y'all beat me to it. We utterly adore our Shingle style Craftsman bungalow and it's by far the easiest-living house we've ever owned. Great openness and natural light with perfectly sized rooms for every function.

But I'm also fond of Tudor (when it's well done) and MCM Eichlers. Something must please me about the relationship of glass to wood in each of these styles.

I like to look at rows of candy Victorians and Queen Annes, but in reality often find them to be quite dark inside. And is it just me with my 1980's hangover (= aversion to all things shiny) or does the really glaring hard shellac finish on Victorian trim bother anyone else?

Hope all is well now with your family, Lavender.

    Bookmark   July 15, 2013 at 10:02AM
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I have no favorite style ... but I want a house that hasn't been bastardized into a style it was never meant to be by a klutzy remodel.

Early American Eichlers, ultra-modern interiors in colonials, classic ranch houses tarted up with Georgian crown molding ... ick!

    Bookmark   July 15, 2013 at 10:45AM
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I grew up fully enamored of 4-story living in an Italianate Town house. Sometimes a Mansard roofed Second Empire of the same size fits the bill, too. The call of a Brownstone was very very strong. I have restored a Free Classical Queen Anne home and a Shingle-Style home, both of which were my favorite styles at the time-both couldnt be more different. Now that I am back in a bigger city, that tall slender Italianate Townhouse is haunting my dreams again.

Lavender_Lass, are you seeking input for a house style for your woodland space? To me there has always been something mystical about following a path through the woods to discover an old glittering jewel of a home, hidden deep in those woods. Something time forgot and trees grew up to surround. Whatever home style you choose it will probably be correct and best for you.

    Bookmark   July 15, 2013 at 12:45PM
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I've always had a soft spot for 1920s revival styles. My first house was a 1929 Tudor, then a 1926 Storybook, then a 1925 Spanish Colonial Revival. I adored them all. Then we made an abrupt turn to a post-and-beam mid-century modern home. And I adore the MCM, too. My latest obsession is Pueblo style (which can be vernacular or revival, depending on where and when built and by whom) and hope to score a good example if we move to NM in a few years.

    Bookmark   July 16, 2013 at 12:28AM
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It's so interesting to see what type of houses people enjoy. Schoolhouse- I like Tudor too, especially cottages! Jim- I like the idea of a little home in the much fun! I wasn't really looking for responses to my situation, but thanks for the great ideas :)

My husband is finally home and doing much better. He uses a walker to help with his balance, but he's making improvements every week. The doctors are confident he should be back to normal and walking fences (we have horses) in about 6-8 months!

    Bookmark   July 16, 2013 at 7:26PM
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We are restoring an 1851 Greek Revival farmhouse. Always thought I would get a Victorian grand lady, but this house called our names. It is understated and peaceful. It has great light because of the tall windows. It also sits on an acre with great old trees. It is a perfect old farmhouse, which is a great kind of cottage.

    Bookmark   July 16, 2013 at 10:03PM
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Of necessity looking in a limited geographic area -- I am a city girl with a bicycle instead of a car -- I am very much in peacocklady's camp of spontaneous affinity
I.e., if any stylish house built before the Depression calls out to me to save it from further decrepitude, I am a goner.

The house I bought four years ago is a 1923 Sears kit house, and readying the old lady for her next 90 years was incredibly gratifying. The house I am looking at now a 1905 farm house just over the city line on a shady block that is blessedly quiet. It has some inherent challenges and needs a lot of work, but oh man am I ready.

That said, lavander lass, I might be content for quite a while with house if I could see horses from my kitchen window. I'm glad your husband is on the mend.

Cheers. hbk

    Bookmark   July 17, 2013 at 4:19PM
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My 18 th century New England gambrel. We bought it in 1976 for $ 5,200.00! We have been through a major house fire in '87 live with my folks for 6 months, and a major flood in 2010. I joke and say I'm just waiting for the locus to come through! We have loving restored this home. Lots of blood sweat and tears. But the only way I'm leaving is feet first! LOL

    Bookmark   July 17, 2013 at 4:57PM
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I am trying to imagine what a "Shingle style Craftsman bungalow " would look like.

The Shingle Style developed from the late Victorian Queen Anne Style and the early Colonial Revival Style. They were sort of Victorian houses with paired windows dramatic roof shapes and Classical & Renaissance detailing. These houses were also very large.

IMO the Shingle Style has only one thing in common with a Craftsman bungalow: the use of natural materials like stone and untreated red cedar wall shingles. You would not find a Palladian window or Doric columns on a Craftsman bungalow.

Here is a link that might be useful: Shingle Style houses

    Bookmark   July 18, 2013 at 7:03AM
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Cottage. I guess it's hard to define, but it's vernacular here. Basically, a single story small cottage with a mis-mash mix of older items. Most cottages here were owned by folks in a large city about 45 minutes away as vacation properties. They were built economically and maintained in the same manner. We have a bunch of mis-matched windows here. And I LOVE it. I can decorate with dumpster dive antiques showing wear and tear and they fit right in (like the cabinet in the left corner of the attached pic-grabbed it off the side of the road, cleaned it up and viola, dining room cabinet)! My stove and fridge are 1950's era. True cottages are becoming rare here, as people tear them down for larger "year round" homes (ours is a cottage, but we live here-lol). You can see more pics of what I mean by cottage on my blog, linked below.

Aside from cottage, Greek Revival has always been a fav, as well as cobblestones.

Here is a link that might be useful: Cottage blog

    Bookmark   July 21, 2013 at 12:54AM
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Circus Peanut

Ren8 - we have a bungalow built by one of the major architects of the Shingle Style movement; it is a strange combo indeed (shingle and colonial revival outside, craftsman inside) but it seems to work well.

Here's an exterior shot (built 1910):

And inside (wallpaper from PO, now gone):

    Bookmark   July 23, 2013 at 2:16PM
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Give me an English castle. And interiors on the order of Game of Thrones. (Minus the blood residues. And Sean Bean's head on a pike in the courtyard.)

This is a phantasy, no?

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    Bookmark   July 23, 2013 at 8:31PM
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    Bookmark   July 23, 2013 at 8:34PM
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Circuspeanut- Beautiful photos! Have you started your kitchen remodel planning yet? I know you said it would be a while before you tackled another kitchen remodel :)

    Bookmark   July 23, 2013 at 8:48PM
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I live in a Victorian Cottage built in 1895. It is very charming indeed. I never thought I would pick a Victorian but when I saw it I knew it would be mine.

I like so many styles of older homes. However, I would have to say my favorites are big sprawling spanish homes (with clay roofs) also, Dutch Colonials, Farm houses. Really any older home is gorgeous if its done right. Even Tudors, if their not too dark.

Gosh, I would love one of those big pink spanish homes and get rid of this Victorian.

    Bookmark   July 27, 2013 at 11:32AM
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Victorians have always been and will always be my favorite. I can never decide which I like better, Second Empires or Italianates. Good thing I ended up in a house that is a cross between the two of them! Queen Annes are a close second, although I don't know if I'll ever have the energy and time it would require to keep such a large house clean!

    Bookmark   July 28, 2013 at 9:38AM
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worthy - LOL!

    Bookmark   July 28, 2013 at 11:37AM
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