In 100,000 words, Robin Guild sketches in the historical background to every aspect of architectural detail and decoration in a Victorian house and gives advice drawn from his own experience on how to create a look that matches 19th-century structure and proportions with 21st-century standards of comfort. The 1,500 line drawings, researched from original builder's merchants' catalogues, provide an unrivalled source of references for fixtures and fittings both inside and out. The emphasis is on sympathetic improvement. Work with the architecture you have, not against it. Windows, doors, roof-lights, fireplaces - all instil character and possess the power to embellish and enhance if treated in the right way. More than just a coffee table read, it takes a detailed look at every aspect of the Victorian home - from door numbers and windows to period decoration and gardens.