Victorian buildings were often built in terraces or as standalone dwellings. Brick or local stone were used for construction. Rather of excavating clay locally and producing bricks on site, bricks were fabricated in factories some distance away to conventional proportions. Wood was usually used for internal floors and roofs. Ceilings were low and doors were often made of metal.
The typical Victorian house had three floors: ground floor, first floor and second floor. The first floor was accessed by a staircase or elevator leading from the front door to the first floor. The first floor usually had one room on either side of the hallway with a window or window seat overlooking the street. The second floor was also called the attic floor or roof level because it had no direct access to the outside. It contained two or more rooms arranged in a single row with a shared wall corridor and a ceiling fan light fixture at each end.
The front door was usually the largest opening in the house. It provided the only means of entrance for light, air, and heat when needed. In cold climates, a fire would be lit inside the house when people returned from work or school. This allowed them to quickly get out of their wet clothes and into warm, dry clothing before they went back out again into the cold.
The layout of the house was determined by what type of property it was.
Victorian house builders were born during the Industrial Revolution. These architects used cutting-edge materials and technology to construct residences that no one had ever seen before. Ornamental architectural features and metal pieces became more inexpensive as a result of mass production and mass transit (the train system).
The modernization of society at this time also required large homes for the wealthy family. They wanted a home that was modern and luxurious at the same time. One can see this in the architecture of the time. There is no longer any reference to traditional styles such as Gothic or Renaissance. Instead, these new houses looked like giant dollhouses with many rooms, multiple stories, and elaborate decorative features.
The family who lived in this type of house could stay inside even on cold days because they were heated by steam pipes that ran under the floorboards. The family would have a servant come upstairs every morning to turn off the heat so that they could sleep in peace without having to worry about their floors being destroyed by ice. Of course, those were different times!
These huge homes needed a lot of space, which is why double doors and windows became popular. This allowed for larger rooms that took up less space on the land. You also had electricity coming into people's homes for the first time, so lights were added to rooms that previously had been dark.
Victorian homes were often well-built. At least, the majority of them were, and a poll will reveal any substantial issues. After that, they may be as big of a money pit as you want or can afford.
There are several factors that go into whether or not a Victorian house is a money pit, but here are the most common ones: cost of repairs vs. value of home.
If you need to spend more than 10% of your income on maintenance and repair costs, then you're in trouble. That means if you're spending $10,000 a year fixing things up and updating systems, you'll never be able to save enough to buy a new house or even rent out rooms.
Also, if you have a small budget hole to fill, it may not be worth it to fix up an expensive Victorian house. You could end up spending all your money maintaining what's already there instead of buying something new.
Finally, if you think you might one day sell the house, it makes sense to get it ready now rather than wasting time on projects that won't matter when the money is gone.
Overall, Victorian houses tend to be less expensive to maintain than modern houses with similar features.
Many homes had gas by the end of the Victorian era. For open fires and water heating, a basement with a cellar for coal storage is necessary. They usually have three floors with an attic space. Basements were common in cities when houses were built over commercial property. The urban landscape was made up of high-density housing with small windows and limited interior space. The presence of a basement suggests that the house was once part of a commercial building.
Cellars were used for storing wine, beer, and other alcoholic beverages. Cellars were also used as recreational areas such as tennis courts or as places to keep horses. Many towns enacted laws prohibiting people from drinking in their basements because they were considered private spaces where men could get drunk and cause trouble.
In the late 1800s, when most homes had no electricity, engineers developed ways to use underground space for storage. In major cities, where land is expensive, many businesses build underground space for storage. This allows them to make maximum use of available floor space above ground. Wine merchants built large vaulted rooms in their warehouses where they could store barrels of wine in a cool environment.