What it is: First, let us clear this up confusing moniker. When speaking to the architectural design from the U.S., the expression “Tudor” is actually historically imprecise. It refers to not normal buildings of Tudor England (early 16th century) but rather than a style popularized in the USA during the end of the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century. ” Furthermore, the design is much more of a catchall term based loosely on many different components from medieval English architecture, from humble cottages to stately manors.
Where to locate it: In cities and suburbs all over the USA.
Why you will enjoy it: With its storybook details (think Hansel and Gretel) and countryside charm (even in the center of major cities), there is no more romantic style.
Cosmetic (or False) Half-Timbering
It is one of the most recognizable features of a Tudor home. Medieval houses in Europe featured walls in which the spaces between the supporting timbers were filled, leaving the construction exposed on the facade. Modern-day homes conceal that arrangement with cladding. The cosmetic half-timbers on Tudor houses are an attempt to mimic authentic medieval structures.
How to make it your own: Adding ornamental half-timbering is a simple, inexpensive way to get a Tudor look without needing to change your roofline or chimney.
Steeply Pitched Roof
All Tudor homes have steeply pitched roofs, usually with side gables, meaning the gables “open” on the surfaces of the home. The steep roofs are often punctuated by dormer windows, like those previously. The facade usually features a portion of the home that juts out and is topped with a cross-gabled roof, plus a steep pitch.
How to make it your own: Look for homes with similarly pitched roofs, with or without the other Tudor details. A pitched roof means there is more room underneath for storage or extra bedrooms. Adding dormers is an excellent way not only to enhance curb appeal except to bring in natural light.
Tudor entrances are celebrated. Everything about them says solid. The doorways are often made from board and batten wood, usually arched (sometimes with a Tudor, or pointed, arch like this one) and usually boast some kind of medieval-looking hardware, such as these hooks hinges. Statement-making door surrounds, like this one, call even more attention to the entryways.
How to make it your own: Swapping out your door for a board and batten one, perhaps with strap-hinge hardware, is another simple way to get a taste of Tudor design without knocking down some walls.
Kerrie L. Kelly
Mixed Siding Materials
Tudor homes are made with several siding materials. Although stone and brick are the most frequent types, stucco wall cladding plays a significant role in the Tudor design as well.
How to make it your own: When planning a small addition, consider cladding that part in a different substance.
Zeterre Landscape Architecture
Although some Tudor homes comprise double-hung windows, they nearly always have at least one set of casement windows. The windows also are usually narrow and tall, typically have several panes and are often clustered together. Truly authentic Tudor homes usually feature at least one set of leaded glass windows, in which metal casings hold together the individual panes at the window over. Stone mullions, like those above, frequently casements.
How to make it your own: Such as doorways, windows are relatively simple to change out. Try casements rather than double-hung versions.
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Not merely are the chimneys big, often with numerous shafts, but they also commonly feature ornamental chimney pots (the upper area of the chimney), usually either round or octagonal. There’s something about the chimneys, like the squatty doorways, which communicates a sense of permanence.
How to make it your own: whilst making additional chimney shafts is not practical, including a decorative pot is a means to get a touch of Tudor design.
Inform us : What do you think about Tudor houses? Are you prepared to embrace English cottage style, or would you prefer to restrict your Tudor ingestion to Showtime’s hit TV show about the scandalous lives of Henry VIII and his wives? Share your thoughts in the Comments section below!
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