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Georgian

From a collection of favorite designs.The term Georgian refers to the historic period of all of the ruling King Georges of England and Ireland from 1714-1830. The Georgian style was imported from England via pattern books, illustrations and engravings. Initially the style was a symbol of prestige, wealth and accomplishment. Only the wealthiest families could afford to build homes of this stature, size and design. The limitations of materials and skilled artisans contributed to the many interpretations of the style. Almost every true Georgian house door is a pediment, classical in proportion, and supported by pilasters. Arches are prominent over the top of doors, and usually contain a glass fan to allow more light in.
 


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Shape is a defining characteristic of the Georgian style.

Notice the raised main floor, a true element of Georgian design clearly visible in the rear elevation

The square is prominent, and shapes are Classical, balanced and of course proportional. A geometric pattern of linked rectangles or squares is also found when looking at floor plans, as is the center hall axis.

Windows are also evenly spaced squares or rectangles, often a large rectangular window with a centered semi-circle over the top (a Venetian window). Roofs are pitched or hipped. This refers to a triangle shape with the top cut off. The triangle is critical not only in roofing but in doorways.
 


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Georgian Revival

  • The overall features of Georgian Revival may be described as symmetrical composition enriched with classical detail. Identifying features:

  • Paneled front door, usually centered and capped by an elaborate decorative crown (entablature) supported by decorative pilasters (flattened columns). The main door is the principal ornamental feature of the Georgian facade.

  • Usually with a row of small rectangular panes of glass beneath the crown, either within the door or in a transom just above

  • Cornice usually emphasized by decorative moldings, most commonly with tooth-like dentils

  • Windows with double-hung sashes having many small panes (most commonly nine or twelve panes per sash) separated by thick wooden muntins;

  • Windows aligned horizontally and vertically in symmetrical rows, never in adjacent pairs, usually five-ranked on front facade, less commonly three- or seven-ranked.

  • Typical roofs are side-gabled, gambrel, or hipped.



 

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Specifications

  • Total sqft 10,357

  • Main Floor 4556

  • Second Floor 3261

  • Lower Level 2918

  • Bedrooms 5

  • Bathrooms 6

  • Levels 2

  • Garage Stalls 3

  • Bldg. Width 94'

  • Bdlg. Depth 82'

  • Ceiling Ht 11',10'

  • Roof Pitch 6:12


Georgian Style

  • the Georgian house plan lends itself to larger lots. The home's facade is enhanced by multiple, symmetrically placed windows, usually double-hung with multiple panes and pediments.

  • The Georgian house plan calls for a centrally placed front door that is often dressed with ornamentation, serving as an elegant entryway to the large, symmetrically arranged rooms inside.

  • A Georgian style colonial house lends itself to lifestyle that reflects the elegance and understated formalism of the home itself.

Georgian elements

  • Symmetrical Shape

  • Center Hall Axis Plan

  • Classical Porticos

  • Glass Fanlights

  • Large Square Rooms Sash Window

  • Large Exterior Symmetrical Staircases

  • A Center Hall Stairway

  • Pediment Doorway

  • Geometric Patterns of Glass Leading


Features

  • covered front porch

  • storage area

  • loft / balcony

  • covered rear porch

  • screened porch/sunroom

  • suited for view lot

  • kitchen island

  • hobby / rec room

  • library room

  • walk-in closet

  • daylight basement

  • volume/vaulted ceiling

  • main floor master bedroom

  • butler's pantry

  • side-entry garage

  • exercise room

  • media room

  • guest suite

  • nook / breakfast area

  • garage under

  • family room

  • walk-in pantry

  • open floor plan


Choosing your lot

  • Investigating a lot is a fundamental and challenging activity in the organization and execution of construction projects.

  • It is a step-by-step process that includes soil testing, identifying environmental concerns, and how utilities will run within the home.

  • Each step will be carefully investigated and eventually will go through a process of approval, and finally put into action.

  • It is important to select your lot wisely because site conditions affect your design and the cost to build it.

  • Soil testing is an important tool in identifying and developing efficient soil for a construction site.

  • A soil test provides basic information on the composition of the soil and its ability to support a structure; as well as the absorption and drainage rate of the soil.

  • The absorption rate will give homeowners an idea on how well the soil will accommodate septic and water. The type of soil on your site will determine the drainage rate.

  • Keep in mind: sands and gravel drain better than clays and silts.




Tips

  • adding on to your home or remodeling it, you only have one opportunity to do it right.

  • plan This is one of your best investments and easiest ways to avoid mistakes you might regret in the future.

  • insulation It is almost always cost-effective to exceed building energy and insulation codes.

  • piping To reduce energy and water waste and keep your hot water warmer in between uses, insulate hot water pipes along their entire length.

  • plumbing To save water, reduce hot water distribution losses, and get you the hot water quicker, install low flow toilets, showerheads and faucet aerators.

  • siding and roofing Side and roof with light-colored materials to reduce heat gain.

  • ventilation Locate operable windows or vents both high and low so that excessive warm air can escape naturally.

  • water heater Get a well-insulated unit when buying a conventional model. Set your thermostat no higher than 120 degrees.