The Victorian House Book

By: Robin Guild

£30.00

A Practical Guide to Home Repair and Decoration

A comprehensive guide to restoring Victorian houses, which explains the historical background and advises on how to create a comfortable modern home while respecting the period architectural detail. The book contains 500 colour photographs and 1,500 line drawings researched from original builder’s merchants’ catalogues. It ends with a Technical Advice section and a list of 150 specialist suppliers.

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  • DETAILS

    • RRP: £30.00
    • ISBN: 978-1-873329-40-5
    • Format: 306 x 229 mm
    • Pictures: 2,000, 500 in colour
    • Binding: Hardback
    • Extent: 320 pages
    • Rights: All available except UK and US
    • Edition: 4th
  • DESCRIPTION

    The top guide to decorating a Victorian house, with 2,000 illustrations

    No book gets to its 4th edition unless it is found to be useful. With its 2,000 illustrations, 320 pages and 100,000 words, The Victorian House Book is the biggest and most comprehensive renovation manual available, offering you more inspirational decorating ideas and practical guidance than any other book on the subject. ‘Head and shoulders above the rest’ is how the RIBA book buyer described it. To see inside, please scroll down to the bottom of the screen where you will be able to flip through 20 sample pages.

    Written by Robin Guild, one of Britain’s most successful interior designers, the book explains how to modernize your house while preserving the original architectural features. The emphasis is on sympathetic improvement: work with the architecture you have, not against it. Windows, doors, roof-lights, fireplaces – all instil character and possess the power to embellish and enhance if treated in the right way. For more on the importance of mastering the idiom, see the Publisher’s blog Honouring Past Craftsmen.

    The book takes you through every room, describing all the fixtures and fittings, and helps you decide which jobs to do and in what order to do them. The detailed practical guidance is broken down into 57 topics covering all aspects of alteration, conversion and decoration. A comprehensive directory lists the names and addresses of manufacturers and suppliers across the country, 50 of them shown in Links. You can also obtain a list of suppliers, a glossary and advice on heat loss and energy conservation by registering for our free Downloads.

    A dedicated US edition of this book is available, edited by Virginia and Lee McAlester, authors of A Field Guide to American Houses and other books on American architecture.

    Nominated for the RIBA International Book Awards

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  • REVIEWS

    ‘Head and shoulders above the rest.’
    – John Morgan, Manager, RIBA Bookshops
    ‘The best first book for the owner of a Victorian or Edwardian house.’
    Bricks & Brass
    ‘The Guild book is a triumph of art direction.’
    The New York Times
    ‘A bible to all up-and-coming Victorian house owners.’
    The Sunday Express
    ‘This really is a beautiful book, to be dipped into time and again.’
    Self Build & Design
    ‘It’s a practical, authoritative, beautiful guide to everything from cornices and corbels to sofas and suppliers.’
    The Independent on Sunday
    ‘More than just a coffee table read, it takes a detailed look at every aspect of the Victorian home – from door numbers and windows to period decoration and gardens.’
    Good Housekeeping
    ‘Essential reading for any architect, interior designer or construction professional.’
    www.ribabookshops.com
    ‘An unrivalled source of inspiration and information.’
    Publishing News
    ‘Wow! A lot of work went into this one. It is excellent in all respects.’
    – Thomas F. Gimm, Amazon.com
    ‘Everything needed to fire your imagination.’
    – Alan Dingle, Amazon.co.uk
  • CONTENTS

    These are main headings only. If you would like more detail, please download the Extended Contents List at the bottom of this page.

    Preface

    CHAPTER 1: THE VICTORIAN INSPIRATION
    Standard House Types

    CHAPTER 2: EXTERIOR FEATURES
    The Detached Villa
    The Terraced House
    The Balloon Frame House
    The Front Entrance
    External Walls
    Roofs and Gables
    Exterior Paintwork
    Decorative Ironwork
    Windows

    CHAPTER 3: FIXTURES AND FITTINGS
    Planning Ahead
    Halls, Stairs and Landings
    Interior Walls, Ceilings and Their Dressings
    Joinery
    Bookshelves and Cabinets
    Fireplaces
    Floors and Floor Finishes
    Tiles
    Decorative Glass
    Lighting
    Brassware, Ironmongery and Porcelain Fittings

    CHAPTER 4: DECORATING IN VICTORIAN STYLE
    Period Decoration
    Colour and Paint Effects
    Wallpapers
    Carpets and Floor Coverings
    Curtains and Blinds
    Furniture and Upholstery
    Drawing Rooms
    Dining Rooms
    Studies, Libraries and Billiard Rooms

    CHAPTER 5: KITCHENS AND BATHROOMS
    Kitchens
    Bathrooms

    CHAPTER 6: THE PRIVATE ROOMS
    Bedrooms and Nurseries

    CHAPTER 7: GARDENS
    Railings and Garden Walls
    Arbours, Gazebos and Summer Houses
    Conservatories
    Furnishing the Garden

    TECHNICAL ADVICE

    CHAPTER 8: KEEPING FAITH WITH THE PAST
    The Basic Survey
    The External Survey
    The Internal Survey
    Structural Alterations
    Conversions
    Extensions
    Heating and Insulation
    Energy Conservation
    Adapting Victorian Fixtures and Fittings
    Care and Maintenance

    Suppliers of Goods and Services

    Museums and Associations

    Picture Credits

    Bibliography

    Index

    Acknowledgements

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  • AUTHOR

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    Robin Guild acquired an international reputation as a designer of interiors, ranging from small studio apartments and country houses to the cabins of motor yachts and private jets. Co-founder of Designers Guild, he worked for many well-known clients including The Rolling Stones, Joan Collins, Trevor Nunn and the Saudi royal family. He designed the interiors of Ralph Lauren’s London clothes store as well as Brown’s and the Empress Garden restaurants. His book The Finishing Touch has been translated into four languages. He died on 27th August 2006.

  • PREVIEW

    FRONT DOORS

    Victorian House Book Preview There can be no denying the importance the Victorians placed on first impressions: the visitor had to be left in no doubt as to the owner’s position in society.

    However charming the gate or imposing the porch, it is the entrance door which captures the eye of the visitor as he waits to be admitted. Up until the Regency, front doors had all been solid, made up of panels of wood held together by framing called styles (vertical) and rails (horizontal). The only way of introducing light into the hallway was by means of graceful semi-circular fanlights. Fanlights of this kind continued into the 19th century, particularly where the accent was classical. With the introduction of cheaper, stronger glass, it became possible to incorporate large panes into entrance doors.

    PLANNING AHEAD

    Before getting down to detail, a question of priorities must be decided. How much importance should be placed on the structure of the building and the internal fixtures, and how much on decoration? My own answer is a simple one. Everybody, whether carrying out their own plan for a house or using a decorator to help them, inevitably has to set themselves a budget. Somewhat against myself, I always argue that the major part of the cost should be spent on the architectural fabric, and that includes the internal architectural detailing. Decoration is secondary. Get the architecture right, and the rest will follow.

    The guiding principle in all decoration is, do not do anything that destroys the proportion and form of the original architecture. In a Victorian house the interior architectural features reflect the character and period of the building and are nearly always worth preserving however humble or simple they may be. They are as much an integral part of the architecture as the structure itself.

    BATHROOMS

    To create a modern version of the Victorian bathroom we have to dream a little: the image that comes before the mind’s eye is one of space, warmth, the luxury of enjoying a bath surrounded by pictures, carpets and elegant furnishings.

    It is not a complete lie: this is the bathroom of the transitional period when the first fitted and plumbed baths were housed in dressing-rooms and spare bedrooms and still recalled the days of the hip bath before the open fire.

    Even the later, hygienic bathrooms of the turn of the century, all tiles and functionalism, provide a valid model for an attractive modern scheme, reminiscent perhaps of the spa town hotel or the gentleman’s club.

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