A guide to UK house styles, eras and architectural features

arts and crafts style house with brick and pebbledash
(Image credit: Bruce Hemming)

Understanding house styles of the past and present is a helpful starting point for anyone looking to take on a renovation, extension or period-style self build project. 

Categorising homes into styles is hard, for good architecture should ultimately be dictated by the wants/needs of the homeowner, combined with some interplay with local design influences — therefore every home should be very different. 

Michael Holmes

Michael is Homebuilding & Renovating's Director of Content, Vice Chair of the self build industry body, the National Custom and Self Build Association (NaCSBA), presenter of multiple property TV shows and author of Renovating for Profit (Ebury). He also runs an architectural and interior design practice, offering design and project management services. He is one of the country's leading property experts and has undertaken over 30 building projects including two self-builds and the renovation of a Grade-II listed farmhouse. 

Michael has presented over 150 property shows for BBC, ITV1, Channel 5, UK TV Style, and Discovery RealTime, including I Own Britain's Best Home; Don't Move Improve; Trading Up; Good Bid, Good Buy; Build, Buy or Restore?; How to Build A House; and Hard Sell.

Michael is also a regular expert at the Homebuilding & Renovating Shows. He has written for leading British newspapers, including The Daily Telegraph, Sunday Times, Daily Express and The Independent and has appeared on news programmes such as BBC Breakfast.