style of Folk Victorian is conveniently reproducible with
vinyl siding, architectural trim and accessories, thanks
to the broad selection of readily available products.
Victorian styles designed by architects gained favor
among wealthier families, the working class hired carpenters
to build simpler imitations. The style that would become
known as Folk Victorian was a cross between Queen Anne
and National Folk styles.
the Queen Anne style, Folk Victorian houses often feature
a front-facing gable with brackets under the eaves,
spindlework on porches and a diverse mix of accents
and trim. The exact trim and accents used for the original
Folk Victorian houses were often the result of happenstance
carpenters would use whatever materials had arrived
in bulk via rail shipments.
the Queen Anne style, and more like National Folk designs,
Folk Victorian houses tend to have square, symmetrical
shapes, frequently with el-shaped projections. They
also avoid the towers, bay windows and elaborate moldings
typical of Queen Anne style.
vast array of profiles, shapes, architectural trim and
accessories offered by vinyl and other polymeric siding
can help today's designers bring Folk Victorian homes
siding clapboard including 3" to 8" reveals,
board & batten, beaded and Dutchlap styles are available
for the main exterior cladding. Gables or accent walls
can feature vinyl or other polymeric shakes, shingles
or shapes such as scallops, half cove and fish scale.
Virtually limitless options in brackets, jig-saw cut
trim, gingerbread, spindles and fretwork also are available.
the "almost anything goes" approach to mixing
cladding, accents and trim, Folk Victorian style also
embraces the full spectrum of color options and combinations.
Fittingly, vinyl siding offers an amazingly diverse
and attractive color palette, including nearly
350 colors certified for color retention.
it comes to pleasing more folks, greater variety is
better. And today's vinyl siding is up to the Folk Victorian
task with its exceptional selection, beauty and durability.
see more specifics on achieving the Folk Victorian style,
check out Designing
Style: A Guide to Designing with Today's Vinyl Siding.