Gingerbread House Pictures

Porches on Steroids

Our gingerbread house pictures are sure to give you lots of exterior trim ideas. Gingerbread is a term used by many to describe Victorian homes.

Stick-style Victorian architecture was used after the Civil War whereby exterior surfaces were decorated with rather lavish and mostly superfluous trim.

No matter, Mary and I love the look of gingerbread on Victorian homes; we like to call them "porches on steroids"!

Victorian Home Cape May

Take note as you view our gingerbread house pictures that porch columns are thinner than classic columns and are only about 4.5 inches to 5.5 inches in diameter. They are turned and usually contain curves, balls, or spirals. Usually columns are only squared at the top and bottom from which to attach railings.

More importantly, see the house trim details that make it a gingerbread house! By using combinations of running trim, brackets, and spandrels, ordinary porches are turned into architectural masterpieces.

Victorian Home Cape May

Victorian Home peach

Victorian Home blue

Victorian Home Cape May

Pictures of Gingerbread Houses

Pictures of Gingerbread Houses - purple beauty

Pictures of Gingerbread Houses - patriotic indeed

Pictures of Gingerbread Houses - fresh white trim

Many Victorian homes combine elements of several different architectural styles and are not easily distinguished as one particular style or another. Victorian or gingerbread house neighborhoods can be found in many cities such as: Cape May, New Jersey; Chicago, Illinois; Columbus, Ohio; and Louisville Kentucky to name a few.

Gingerbread House - beautiful details on this gray home

Victorian Style Home with Lovely Gracious Porch

You can find Victorian homes almost everywhere. Richmond, Virginia, is nationally recognized as having the largest contiguous Victorian neighborhood in the U.S. Toledo, Ohio, not to be outdone, is said to have the largest collection of late Victorian homes.

Gingerbread House Pictures - exquisite trim

Gingerbread House with equal-sized upper and lower porches

Gingerbread House Pictures - wonderful trim and lovely hanging baskets

Gingerbread House Pictures - A Remodel Case Study

Victorian photos of a porch remodeling project are the best way to show how to add curb appeal and make an inviting porch. Victorian style houses are truly works of art.

Victorian porch remodel

The first time Dee saw her home, the porch was falling down and the stucco exterior was the ugliest "swimming pool green" she have ever seen (the inside was straight out of the fifties). But she fell in love with it anyway." It had so much character, which you cannot often find with new construction.

Take a look at these before pictures: Victorian porch needing repairs

More rehab needed

Victorain House Photo-Before Rehab

Dee says: "My husband began the demolition of the inside of the house and did most of the carpentry work himself (self-taught), so by the time we were ready to start work on the outside he was totally burnt out."

So they hired the best carpenters who basically restored all of the gingerbread on the outside of the house, but the porch was so far gone that they had to re-build from scratch (except for the roof line).

The After Victorian Photos

Victorian porch

Dee continues: "It was so much fun picking out the gingerbread and the chandelier and of course the wicker furniture and decorating it with flowers. My mother-in-law has a big part in that. We both love gardening!"

Finished Victorian Porch Rehab

Dee states: "We waited such a long time to enjoy, what we call, our big farmer's porch. It really is so cozy, especially having our coffee out there on a summer morning.

The mail woman says she can't wait to see it decorated for Christmas!"

Notice Dee's wicker porch furniture, which is typical Victorian furniture for a beautiful porch!

We thank Dee for the wonderful before and after Victorian photos - it's a beautiful porch and we too, can't wait to see it decorated for Christmas!

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