The English have a love affair with the period house. They find the intoxicating blend of history, rustication and detailed styling more appealing than the plain and synthetic houses of recent years. The Edwardian house comes in all shapes, sizes and materials. It was essentially conservative in design, often harking back to a romantic age with elaborate but solid constructions. Garden Cities and suburbs were planned on a larger scale than ever before. There was a feeling of space and comfort that would disappear in the turmoil and tragedy of the First World War. Using his own drawings, diagrams and photographs, author Trevor Yorke explains in an easy to understand manner all aspects of the Edwardian house, particularly its style. The book provides a definitive guide for those who are renovating, tracing the history of their own house or simply interested in this brief but notable period of the early twentieth century. The book provides a background to different phases of design and influences between 1900 and 1914. These include what became known as Arts and Crafts, and domestic revival, much inspired by the work of late Victorian architects. There are also the neo-Georgian classical and symmetrical facades that had come back into fashion after the work of Norman Shaw in the late 1880s and 1890s. As with other titles in this series, The Edwardian House Explained is profusely illustrated with drawings and diagrams of the period details which can help date them. There is also a glossary of the more unfamiliar architectural terms.