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Kit said on June 17th, 2009 at 8:20 pm :

Strictly speaking, a turret projects from the outer wall of the building, and does not emerge from the foundation (at least in military architecture). Personally, I’m a fan of both, but I find Colonial interiors often speak to me more.


Dawn said on July 4th, 2009 at 9:59 pm :

As usual, some well-informed observations. As someone who’s been looking for a home to rent (because even in this market, we can’t afford to buy), I can say that even among rentals the Dream exists and to find a “perfect” home to play at owning is a major ordeal.

As far as homes being too big – as the amount of land in suburbs fails to adequately display a family’s wealth in the same way a country house on 100 acres would, the homes on the land must be proportionately bigger so as to attain the same prestige granted to land owners (and there is a difference between land owners and home owners, naturally).


Don Mac Rae said on December 26th, 2010 at 9:01 am :

As stated the Colonial style have fewer if any verandas. I suspect that the veranda shown is not original but was a later
add-on. Comment would be appreciated on Colonials and porches.


admin said on December 26th, 2010 at 4:05 pm :

I suspect the one shown is more of an extended covered entrance rather than a veranda. You’ll find that Federal or Georgian colonial homes don’t have front porches, typically, while more country or farm colonial (or even French) style homes have a front porch of some kind. Weather, obviously, is a big deciding factor in its presence.

Jun 17, 2009 | Home Sweet American Culture

As I have had the opportunity of house hunting in the past few weeks in a few areas of Massachussetts, it gave me a few things to consider.

And since I didn’t know the difference between a Colonial style and a Victorian style home, here is my attempt to explain. Granted, both Victorian and Colonial architecture have finer subcategories, but for a rough guide, it’s a short summary.

The style that emerged during the Victorian era (1840 – 1900) in England often involves homes with a turret (a small tower), wood detailing and a wraparound veranda. Keep an eye out for finer woodwork detailing and frilly bits.

Victorian home

A typical New England Victorian construction. Photo by Daniel Jeffries

By comparison, a Colonial architecture style has a largely pan-European (German, Dutch, Spanish) influence and tend to be more squarish with large windows and fewer, if any, verandas. Colder New England weather necessitates multiple fireplaces, and windows may often have shutters. For the New England homes, there are often gables on the side and an entrance in the middle.

Colonial home

A classic Colonial home. Photo by Mary Lesh

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