Fixtures and Fittings of Period Houses 1714-1939
Building features and materials are being lost or replaced on older houses at an alarming rate. The appearance of this book is, therefore, most welcome for it enables the reader to identify original features and materials that have been used on houses from the Georgian period, through the Victorian and Edwardian periods and up until 1939 - a period when building techniques and architectural styles changed significantly.
The book is divided into three parts. The first helps identify different types of building materials and features associated with the exterior of the house. It provides information about regional building materials and the range of textures and design details. Roofs, walls, doors, windows, external architectural and stylistic features and the general setting of the house are all examined.
The second part looks at a range of interior features associated with ceilings, walls and floors, as well as internal doors and window features. Individual items such as staircases, fireplaces and architectural and decorative features are considered as well as fittings in the kitchen and bathroom and the fixtures and fittings associated with the utility services - gas, water and electricity.
The final part is devoted to sustainability and energy conservation, and discusses how period houses were designed to achieve high levels of what we would now call 'sustainability'.RRP: £25.00
"For me the appeal of the book is in the often forgotten details - the oval ceramic door numbers, the garden gates, bell pulls, garage doors, Victorian coat hooks, even old lead joints in pipework. Obviously no book like this can hope to include examples of everything, even when mass production and the railway started standardising building components. That is the joy of the varied and local nature of our building heritage. But the high quality of the illustrations makes this a very good starting point."
Review Type: Press
Reviewed By: Cornerstone Vol 32, No 2