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Decorative (or False) Half-Timbering
It's one of the most recognizable features of a Tudor home. Medieval homes in Europe featured walls in which the spaces between the supporting timbers were filled, leaving the structure exposed on the facade. Modern-day houses typically conceal that structure with cladding. The decorative half-timbers on Tudor homes are an effort to mimic authentic medieval structures.
How to make it your own: Adding decorative half-timbering is a simple, inexpensive way to get a Tudor look without having to change your roofline or windows.
Steeply Pitched Roof
All Tudor houses have steeply pitched roofs, usually with side gables, meaning the gables "open" on the sides of the house. The steep roofs are often punctuated by dormer windows, like those above. The facade usually features a portion of the house that juts out and is topped with a cross-gabled roof, also with a steep pitch.
How to make it your own: Look for houses with similarly pitched roofs, with or without the other Tudor details. A pitched roof means there's more space underneath for storage or extra bedrooms. Adding dormers is a great way not only to boost curb appeal but to bring in natural light.
Tudor entries are celebrated. Everything about them says solid. The doors are often made of board and batten wood, generally arched (sometimes with a Tudor, or pointed, arch like this one) and typically boast some sort of medieval-looking hardware, like these strap 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 style without knocking down any walls.
Mixed Siding Materials
Tudor houses are built with several siding materials. Although brick and stone are the most common types, stucco wall cladding plays a significant role in the Tudor style as well.
How to make it your own: When planning a small addition, consider cladding that portion in a different material.
Not only are the chimneys large, often with multiple shafts, but they also commonly feature decorative chimney pots (the top part of the chimney), usually either round or octagonal. There's something about the chimneys, like the squatty doorways, that conveys a sense of permanence.
How to make it your own: While creating additional chimney shafts is not practical, adding a decorative pot is a way to get a touch of Tudor style.
Tell us: What do you think about Tudor homes? Are you ready to embrace English cottage style, or would you prefer to limit your Tudor intake 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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