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The difference between the popular Colonial and Victorian homes

If you have been on the market for a home recently, then you have probably heard the terms 'Victorian' and 'Colonial' thrown around a few times in the middle of a conversation.

American Colonial Home

The two are often confused to be the same thing and in some cases are used interchangeably. ​​

That said, let's clarify the differences: an American Colonial home refers to the style of homes that were built from the early time period of 1607 to 1776. The term 'Colonial' comes from the fact that they were built on the lands of England's colonies.

Does this mean a home that is built after 1776 cannot be a Colonial? No. Again, this refers to an architectural style that was preferred during that time period. It was and still is aesthetically pleasing and has a majestic aura.

Some characteristics of a Colonial home include:

1. At least two stories

2. Symmetrical

3. Centered Entrance

4. Greek styled columns

Not all Colonial homes must have the above to be classified as one, but most do.

Now, a Victorian was a home that was built during the reign of Queen Victoria of England. This time period was 1837-1901. There are more than one iteration of Victorian homes, but generally characteristics include:

1. being narrow and tall

2. having towers

3. Detailed and decorative trim and moulding

4. Asymmetrical design

Colonials Homes

Just like Colonials, not all Victorian homes must have the above to be classified as one.

Now don't go thinking that Colonial and Victorian styles is where it ends, because there are many more architectural styles that exist, but those are the most popular.

Some other styles that exist include:

1. Ranch style

2. Praire School

3. American Foursquare

4. Pacific Lodge

5. Edwardian

6. Cantilever

7. Storybrook

DeJesus Industries is an authority in the luxury construction market. For questions regarding this article please email here.

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