Need A Victorian Home Reality Check?
Victorian style homes offer romantic allure, but unfortunately, living in them can be more of a comedic adventure than a romance. Appreciating the beauty and visual interest of Victorian homes is easy and living in a historic building does have its appeal. Depending on the level of care put into the home and the level of desire for comfort, Victorian style homes can prove to be much more work than you’d expect. Even the most devout neo-Victorian may find themselves pining for 21st century comfort and ease.
Sometimes built with novel features such as dumb waiters and brightly colored, intricate gingerbread, Victorian style homes are eye-catching and tend to launch one’s imagination. Victorian style home attributes do not begin and end here, but isn’t that what pulls the eye and heart toward this style? They’re beautiful, old, have captivating details, wonderous charm…what’s not to love?
- Victorian style homes may fall victim to aging which can make them drafty, musty, and creaky.
- They are commonly known to have extremely odd floor plans which feel like a labyrinth.
- Victorians often offer too much space where it’s not needed and too little where it is.
- Staircases can be dangerously steep.
- Doorways and hallways can be extra narrow.
- Kitchens can be tight-built for servants.
- The wiring can be less than safe.
Since home buying is such an emotional endeavor for most people, buyers will often pay more money than appropriate for the status of the uncommon. However, that applies equally to buying price and selling price.
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I’m putting together a Victorian style home blog series. For the next month and a half or so I’ll be posting about Victorian style homes; how to live in them, how to update them for modern comfort, how to get away with adding Victorian style and Victorian practicality to your current non-Victorian style home, and some examples of all instances for inspiration. If you think of any other Victorian-style-home related posts you’d like to read about, please let me know and I’ll do my best to fit it in.
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