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ARCHITECTURAL ELEMENTS

ARCHITECTURAL ELEMENTS FOR YOUR HOME AND GARDENS

Finding the right style for your home and gardens is easier when you can see some examples and they ďclickĒ with your ideas. These pictures were taken at The University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA. Designed by Thomas Jefferson, the original section of the UVA has many fine examples of the Federal Period. There are individual walled gardens to view behind the buildings.

Although, Jefferson did not include the garden designs, he created the foundations for them. The Virginia Garden Club had a landscape architect do the designs in the 20th century. Freshly painted in 2005, these pictures were taken in October.

DUAL OUTHOUSES ARE NOW USED FOR GARDEN TOOL STORAGE

RAILING ON THE SECOND FLOOR IN FRONT OF ONE OF THE BUILDINGS

What we did here at Boxwood Manor was to use part of the design of the railing at Monticello, Jeffersonís home, for the previous side porch railing replacement. After the porch was made into a room, we kept the railings. They will be refitted and installed next to the room to enclose the garden and the air conditioning unit. One part of this railing will become a gate for access.

1998-PICTURE OF THE PORCH BEFORE ROOM MADE SHOWING THE RAILING DESIGNED TO MATCH A SECTION FROM THE MONTICELLO RAILING.

INSPIRATION FROM HISTORIC HOME VISITS

We visited many historic homes in the eastern and in the western U.S. My favorites are in the eastern U.S. in Maryland and Virginia. Iíve gleaned many ideas for our home to be styled in the 1800ís of Virginia on the exterior and in the landscaping. On the interior, we are making the rooms from different time periods in furnishings and interior decoration.

We are not making the rooms as replications† but as inspirations from these eras. This enables us to do this at a lower cost and with more of our designs. I do use some reproduction items but add antiques and some newer items to do the rooms.

This is a low-cost way to get the look that you want; not everyone can hire an interior decorator but magazines, libraries, and the web have a have a wealth of resources to glean from!

ADDING THE DETAILS

After living here 10 years, and according to my plan of completion, we are now working on the fun part of the house and gardens-adding the details. Iíve waited so long to do this and now am ready to start! Oh! But the choices are many! The project that Iíve waited to do is the architectural details in the moldings, ceiling medallions, etc.

After collecting books and pictures and visiting historic homes, I settled on a few things to make the details look the way I want. The ceiling in the dining room and the moldings will be the most ornate and done first. The historic home that fuels my inspiration† for this room is Kenmore, Fredricksburg, VA.

There are several rooms with ornate plaster ceilings in this home; I have details of some of them in my books. My favorite one is in the dining room and it inspires me to do my dining room ceiling with a design using† a few of the medallions on that ceiling.

I wonít be hiring a plaster artist but using two places that I find to have the best items for homeowners at reasonable prices. I located them on the Internet and checked out their products. The materials are plastic but a durable kind to lend the plaster or wood-look. They really deceive the eye into thinking that this is the real thing.

Like many people, we will be doing this ourselves as time and money allow. I will show before and after pictures, too.

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CLICK† ON THE LOGO TO THE RIGHT TO SEE THE TIN CEILINGS

CLICK ON THE MEDALLIONS TO SEE THE CROWN MOLDINGS, MEDALLIONS, CHAIR RAILS, ETC.

DINING ROOM-BEFORE

PLEASE ALLOW PAGE TO LOAD FULLY!

ENT. TO LIVING ROOM-THE DEPTH OF THE SIDES ARE NOT EQUAL

FRONT-THERE IS A ONE-FOOT SPACE AT THE RIGHT TO CORNER

LONELY CHANDELIER TIES TO NOTHING

FRONT AND CENTER OF DINING CEILING

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FOR MORE IDEAS, INSPIRATION, AND VISITS, CLICK HERE: NATíL TRUST FOR HISTORIC PRESERVATION, WASH. DC, USA