Does anyone know what the most common rooms are in Queen Anne Victorian houses on the 1st floor?
I'm disappointed with modern versions of Victorian floor plans... I just have a feeling real Victorian houses are a bit different. I would not imagine them being as open... would I be right? (I.E. the kitchen, family room, and breakfast nook being completely open to each other)
The Victorian kitchens were away from the social areas, typically. As late as the 1860s, many kitchens were located in the basement [ugh.] but of course, not all. Late-Victorian kitchens were typically on the dining-room level, often separated by a pantry or butler station. As they are today, kitchens were often located towards the back of the house. There are many exceptions today [I've been in 2 new houses this year with well-placed kitchens to the front] but kitchens towards the back is traditional in America. Many people who are building reproduction-Victorian houses request their architects to design them with "open-concept" kitchens and living areas. The architect gives them a charming Victorian exterior and rearranges the floorplan to suit the modern social dynamics. During the Victorian times, it wasn't as lonely in the kitchen. Families were larger, and there was affordable domestic help, and LOTS to do. Many Victorian magazine articles deal with the problem of how to avoid the stink from the kitchen wafting into the rest of the house -- Lord knows what they were cooking back then! Rena Goff, manager Merrymeeting Archives LLC http://www.housemouse.net