Architectural Styles

Which canopy would suit my house?

In the past we have been asked by customers to help them decide which canopy from our range would best suit the architecture and style of their property. From Georgian, Regency and Victorian architecture to Art Deco and the present modern-day designs, we believe we have canopies in our range that would suit all properties.

Below are small images of all the canopies currently in our range. It is noteworthy that most of these designs have also been used as the roof for the many porches and verandas that we have manufactured and installed.

This blog highlights some of the different types of canopies and porches that would have adorned houses over history. It then moves on to showing a selection of canopies and porches customers have selected to fit in with the architecture of their properties.

From the pillared porches of the Elizabethan times and triangular hipped dormer roofs of the Queen Anne or English Baroque era, people have always looked to make grand entrances to their homes and buildings. As you look back through history, you will be able to see open porches and verandas installed onto their entrances. Often these were a heavy structure, built with stone or wood and topped with either slates, tiles or lead. Modern equivalents of these can still be found in the wood and tiled structures added to the fronts of some houses, but these do not suit all house styles. Using traditional skills, we have created modern equivalents using an all-metal construct, that are strong, lightweight, easy to install and work with almost all substrates.

Whether you live in a terraced, town, semi-detached or detached house, one of our canopies will add character and give a uniqueness to your home. They also give you somewhere to stand under whilst you take off your wellies or look for your door keys.

Edwardian style houses were primarily built during the reign of King Edward VII (1901 to 1910), but many extend the period up to the beginning of World War I (1914) and some to its end (1918). It is said that the styles of houses were influenced by the Arts and Crafts, and Baroque movements.

Typical examples of these houses have deep bay windows, red brickwork and ornate tilework, both porches and verandas were common on this style of house. These were often wooden framed and would have had a slate or tiled roof. Below is an example of an Edwardian house showing some of these characteristics:

Edwardian House Example - ZAC

Victorian style houses were built during the reign of Queen Victoria (1837 – 1901). It is said that they were influenced by the renaissance and Gothic revival movement. Typically, they had brickwork porches, but there are stunning examples of porches made with stone.

Example of Victorian porches - ZAC

Georgian style houses were built during the reigns of George I to George IV (1714 – 1830). They generally had symmetrical flat exteriors, rectangular sash windows, flat or shallow roofs often with parapet walls. They typically had a type of portico entrance often made of stone and sometimes with fan windows or features. Number 10 Downing Street is a perfect example of this.

Number 10 Downing Street front door showing portico entrance - ZAC

The house below was actually built in the 1930s but displays many of the characteristics of an Edwardian style house. In particular the classic red brickwork, deep bay window and porch. Although now enclosed, the original building would have had an open porch through to the front door. The door and window would have been added at a later stage to enclose the porch, possibly to cut down drafts.

Edwardian Style House - ZAC

Modern house builders often do not build the grand entrances of past. This has led to home owners adding canopies and porches onto the front of their houses to retrospectively create grand entrances. Below are a collection of our canopies and porches fitted on different styles of houses:

ZAC Belgravia Canopy on New Build

Our Belgravia canopy fitted onto a new build.

ZAC - Belgravia porch fitted onto a modern Georgian style building

A Belgravia porch fitted onto a modern Georgian style building

A Cotswold canopy fitted with sunburst brackets onto a modern brick house ZAC

A Cotswold canopy fitted with sunburst brackets onto a modern brick house

Our millennium canopy fitted onto an art deco style front entrance - ZAC

Our Millennium canopy fitted onto an art deco style front entrance

A Waterloo canopy installed onto a porch on this Georgian style property - ZAC

A Waterloo canopy installed onto a porch on this Georgian-style property

A Belgravia canopy fitted onto this Victorian cottage

A Belgravia canopy fitted onto this Victorian cottage

It is fair to say that there are often other considerations, such as the location of existing pipework and lights, that inform any design decisions. Please don’t be put off if your house has any of these above or around your doorways as we also offer a bespoke service. Take a look at our Working with Small and Awkward Spaces blog for more inspiration.

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