More than one million houses were built in Britain during the Edwardian period and another four million in the years between the two World Wars; most of these are still in use as homes today. This book explains to current owners of such houses why and by whom their structures were built; how the original occupants would have decorated, furnished, and used them; and the development of the distinctive architectural styles of the time. The leading architects of the Edwardian period were enthusiasts for a return to English vernacular styles, in contrast to what they considered the dry rigidities of classicism and the extravaganzas of the Gothic revival, while also being obliged for the first time to address the changes necessary to incorporate innovations such as modern sanitation, bathing facilities, and the use of electricity into their designs. The first half of the book looks at the styles that these men created for showpiece developments and the way in which their designs were copied by speculative builders and adapted for the first council houses. There are also chapters on the gardens of the period. In the second half, individual chapters are devoted to the various elements of the house—fireplaces and chimneys, doors and windows, kitchens, bathrooms, staircases, and more—including the methods and materials used in their construction and the decorative styles and materials fashionable at the time.