Victorian Style Houses

Beautiful Ornate Porches

Victorian style houses offer unique beauty and wonderfully large front porches. I have always been intrigued with Victorian style houses and I often stop to admire them.

My mother once told me that she would have loved to have a Victorian style home.



Victorian houses are usually quite beautiful on the outside - from the large Victorian porches to the decorative gables.

Victorian house architecture is charming with rich, deep beautiful colors you don't see in most neighborhoods today. Makes me wish I could see the inside of the home, too.

Victorian Style front porch in shades of lavender
Beautifully painted Victorian front porch in Cape May, NJ
Victorian style houses are patterned on the 19th and 20th century Victorian periods in history. From charming cottages to towering mansions, Victorian style architectures is romantic, flamboyant, and come in many sizes and shapes.

They may well have large multiple porches with intricate detailing.

Most people do not realize that Victorian houses were built not only for their ornate beauty but also for health reasons.
In the late 19th-century, architects built these structures with lots of windows and many porches on different levels. They recognized that stagnant indoor air posed health problems.

Seven Sisters Victorian Homes in S.F.
The word famous Seven Sisters Victorian Homes in San Francisco, California

ornate Seven Sisters Victorian Homes in San Francisco CA
Seven Sisters Victorian homes on parade
Victorian style houses are the primary reason almost every suburban home soon had a front porch - due mainly to the mass-production of wooden posts, rails, balusters, moldings, and trim details, which were shipped by railroad throughout the country.

Victorian Style House and Porch Directory

Use our directory to find a multitude of Victorian porch and home ideas.

exquisite Victorian porch with hanging baskets
Victorian Porch Ideas

See more Victorian porch ideas from our trip to Cape May - a Victorian porch jamboree!
Victorian home with exterior house trim
Gingerbread House Pictures

See these magnificent Victorian homes and porches decked out in exterior trim....

aesthetically pleasing bungalow porch
Gingerbread House Picture Trim Ideas

Gingerbread trim makes a Victorian home - see what it takes to create porch beauty.....

Victorian Front Porch Features

Victorian front porch with ornate exterior house trim
Typical Victorian Front Porch
  • Generous use of decorative wood trim, friezes, and window trim
  • Ornamental balusters and exterior house trim (brackets, running trim, etc.)
  • Symmetrical and colorful plantings in containers or window boxes on the porch
  • Elaborate details (moldings) on porch between posts or columns and around door frame
  • Usually furnished with wrought iron furniture

white Victorian front porch with ornate exterior house trim
Not So Typical White Victorian Porch Beauty

Types of Victorian Style Houses

You'll notice most Victorian homes use rich, lavish paint colors that are ornamental and intricately applied.

They also feature intricate gable and hip roof lines, have large bay windows, and hexagonal or octagonal shapes that appear as towers. Other types of Victorian homes have similar features but their own unique designs:

Italianate Victorian style house
Italianate House Style
  • Gothic revival homes have a pointed arch, steeply pitched gable roofs, and irregular floor plans.
  • Italianate styles have large brackets under wide overhanging eaves and a shallow pitched roof. Italianate styles have defined asymmetrically arranged segments.
  • Queen Anne styles are associated with complex, irregularly shaped steep roofs and mixed surfaces of shingles, stone, brick, and wood.

Victorian Home and Porch Plans

colorful porch columns on Victorian front porch
Very Colorful and Ornate Victorian Porch
Mary and I selected several Victorian house styles that you can use to build your own wonderful Victorian home.

Visit Family Home Plans to build your home or to use for adding a great porch!

victorian home plan 10690
Contemporary Farmhouse Victorian Style Home Plan - 10690
This elegant Victorian has a modern floor plan with a large wraparound porch - you'll love this home!

victorian home plan 61724
Home with Victorian Features - 61724
This 2600 square foot home has both Victorian and Craftsman-style architectural features.

victorian home plan 49571
Quaint and Lovely Victorian Home - 49571
Mary and I love this quaint Victorian home -all 974 square feet of it!

victorian home plan 49549
Victorian Home with a Rustic Look- 49549
This charming Victorian style home has a large veranda with an arched window.

For these and other great home and porch plans visit Family Home Plans. They have an amazing library of plans to suit your every need! If you purchase a home plan through our link, we may receive a commission.

See some beautiful porches on the Victorian Style Houses of Oak Bluffs in Martha's Vineyard.





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