Give your house back its personality
When making alterations or remodelling your home or apartment, you might want to find out what architectural style it was built in, in order to revive it to its former glory, and give it back its personality while at the same time adding value.
You could play detective to find out your homes architectural style. Check which kinds of materials were used in construction and the methods used study the wood, plaster and paint for clues.
Also check out the shape of your roof, the placement of your windows, and examine your ceilings, as they might point you in the right direction.
In South Africa there are a number of styles of homes. Some of these styles like Cape Dutch and Cape Malay are unique to South Africa, and are rich in culture and heritage, while others like Victorian and Art deco are more international.
Victorians favoured high ceilings, generous doorways and sash windows. They also enjoyed decorative details such as pressed ceilings, embossed wallpaper, cornices, half-walled strip wood panelling and iron balustrading (or broekie lace). Corrugated iron verandas and decorative balcony tiles were also popular.
Many early apartments were built during this era and both the houses and flats enjoyed block-like architecture with slightly rounded edges and chevron details.
Art deco homes are characterised by parquet flooring and distinct mint green, candy pink or lemon yellow kitchen and bathroom tiles, often flecked and bordered with black tile details. Balconies were recessed rather than being exterior protrusions and steel windows were favoured over the sash-style.
This style of home has been heavily favoured on urban outskirts and popular weekend-home investment towns. Rough plaster walls are whitewashed and uneven doors and details are acceptable. Roofs are either corrugated iron or tile but are most authentic in thatch.
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