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Tudor Architecture

Tudor architectureThe Tudor home style is flexible and easily adapt to its surroundings. It can be integrated with a rough site of rambling terrain, rocks and thick patches of trees or, in a more relaxed formal or informal setting of a well manicured suburban estate. Generally known for its likeness to the medieval buildings of England, the Tudor house style has taken on several defining labels such as Elizabethan, Cotswold, and Jacobean among others through its revival period in America from the 1890’s thru the early 1930’s. They are also referred to as European homes.

The Tudor architecture of centuries ago were true half-timber houses where the timber was the structural support extending through the walls. The space between the timber was then filled with lathe and stucco. This is why two common colors of a Tudor house design throughout history have been brown (timber color) and white (stucco color). Today, designing a Tudor with this method would be very expensive to replicate and practice. Thus, with today’s technology, residential architects and building designers have evolved creative ways of designing Tudor homes to show suggestions of the original half-timber with thin cut timbers actually veneered to the walls and interspersed with stucco as well as other materials like patterned brick and stone.

Characteristics of Tudor house designs include, steeply pitched gables and roof (slate or thatch covered), bays of windows (usually casement) having diamond-paned leaded glass, clustered chimney stacks of fascinating design (usually topped with decorative chimney pots), and the half-timbered (sometimes false) and stuccoed facades with brick and/ or stone accents and finishes. Even with these common elements, you will find that the Tudor designs have evolved slight variations in different regions of the country.

The use of false half-timber is a trait of the Tudor that is shared by the Queen Anne and Victorian stick architecture.