Understanding home styles is an important part of what allows us to help our clients achieve their dream homes. We focus on staying abreast of styles and trends for both new homes and renovations so that we can be a source of reliable information and so that we know how to put the pieces tougher to make your home.
One style of home that may interest you is Tudor or Tudor Revival style homes. First popular in the United States in the late 19th century around 1890 until about 1940 and then again in the late part of the 20th century. These homes are characterized with elements from the homes of Tudor England in the early 16th century. They are based loosely on several elements from cottages to manor houses built in England.
When most of us think of Tudor we think of homes with "Tudor boards", the faux timbers with stucco infill so common on homes in the 20's, 70's and 80's. This style is actually called Elizabethan Half Timber and many older Tudor homes will have parapet walls to cap the gable ends.
Design Elements of a Tudor Style Home
- Facades dominated with one of more prominent cross gables
- Steeply pitched gable roofs usually with small dormers
- Massive masonry chimneys with a clay “chimney-pot” at the top
- Decorative wood half-timbering in the upper story of the home with spaces between the timbers filled with stucco or masonry
- Stucco or decorative stone exterior walls often with an elaborate brick pattern on the first story
- Interior aged decorative beams
- Windows that are tall, narrow, usually casement and divided into rectangular panes (at least used decoratively on some part of the house now)
- Distinctive arched entries, beautiful black metal door hardware, solid wood doors that call attention to the entryway
Key to a Tudor Style Home
Tudor style homes can be found in any neighborhood with large lots that allow the house to stand in its full individual glory and presence, and we can design yours anywhere. We will work directly with you to design a new house or remodel an existing one. By working alongside our clients, we ensure that all their comforts and needs are met.
Contact us if the idea of a simple cottage look or manor style Tudor home appeals to your sense of style. We would be honored to work with you.