In the mid-1800s, the British influenced a lot of Australian architects to create homes and buildings inspired by Italian architecture during the Renaissance period. Our architects channeled the intricate and symmetrical design features of Italian homes into Australian domestic architecture. Some of these Italianate-style homes are Victorian terraces and grand Italian villas you often see in suburbs. We still see these structures today.
Are you planning to buy one of these which are on the market today? If you are, continue reading this blog to know more about them.
The most prominent features of Italianate-Style Houses
Italianate-style houses are known for their classic appearance, ornamental facades, decorative interiors, loggia, tall windows, low-pitched roofs, balconettes, projecting front rooms, and lush gardens.
If you’re planning to renovate the property, consider restoring these features to preserve the character of the structure.
1. Classic intricate designs
An Italianate-style home is a symbol of wealth, prosperity, and optimism. Preserve the features such as intricate lacework and highly-rendered parapet walls.
A loggia is an open yet covered outdoor space with walls supported by a succession of columns and arches. It can be found on the upper level, ground level, or both.
3. Highly-decorated facade
Here’s an Italianate home with a decorative filigree and verandah, with sunrise motifs representing Australia’s freedom and the dawn of the new era. These design features make an Italianate home stand out from the streets. Fix and heighten these during renovation.
4. Proportion and symmetry
Extremely proportioned and highly symmetrical buildings are grand, harmonious, and monumental. Here are old Victorian semi-detached houses situated in one of Melbourne’s inner suburbs. These two homes are not identical twins, but they have symmetrical windows and parapet, which makes the facade picturesque and regal.
5. Tall windows
Most Italianate homes feature decorative, tall, and narrow windows which are always symmetrical and proportional to each other.
6. Low-pitched roof
More than the low-pitched hip roof, this home features a classic pediment and crown above the entrance.
7. Manicured gardens
Italianate houses look best when surrounded by a well-kept garden. It is nice when you live in a majestic home with a posh outdoor space that you can use to relax or to entertain guests.
False balconies or railings outside of a tall, floor-length windows are popular in Italian villas. These ornamental railings aim to make the facade more attractive from the street view. These never protrude the building.
9. Bay windows
A bay window captures more natural light and cooling breezes. It also makes interior rooms more spacious. A room with a bay window is called a projecting room, because this room possesses the best view in the house.
Are you planning to renovate a Italianate-Style house?
Do you own/live in an Italianate-style house? Contact us if you’re planning to renovate the structure soon. We have expert architects and building designers who can help you preserve your classic home’s best features.