Savills plc

11/29/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 11/29/2021 02:57

The enduring appeal of Edwardian architecture

It may have been relatively short lived, but the Edwardian era is widely regarded as marking a high point in building standards which has ensured homes from the period have retained an enduring appeal.

Similar to some of the drivers the UK property market has experienced since the outbreak of the pandemic, the early 20th century witnessed a move towards the countryside as people looked to escape the industrial cities of Victorian Britain.

Suburbs and commuter villages grew in size and - with servants' quarters generally no longer required by the professional classes - homes were commonly designed with larger living areas.

Red brick properties with steep pitched roofs are typical of the Edwardian style - heavily influenced by the Arts and Crafts movement with attractive decorative friezes, Art Nouveau stained glass, elaborately carved porches and black and white ceramic tiles all common features.

High ceilings and sash windows from previous eras were retained as people placed a greater emphasis on the need for space and natural light, while a growing desire for privacy led to many homes being set back from the road with their own front gardens. Mock Tudor styles meanwhile were popular for grander country houses.

Today, homes from the period usually make good investments and are popular with families looking for a versatile living space. Modern additions include loft conversions, skylights or open plan extensions.

2021 marks 120 years since the beginning of Edward VII's nine-year reign (although his coronation didn't take place until 1902) - the perfect excuse to take a look at some of our favourite Edwardian homes currently on the market.