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Identified by their steeply pitched rooflines and decorative half-timbering, Tudor-style homes range from elaborate mansions to modest suburban residences. See pictures of Tudor homes and get ideas for your own home here.
Brick Tudor-style homes are often contrasted with areas of stone, stucco, or wooden claddings on principle gables or upper stories. This home's front gable dormer features half-timbering with stucco infilling.
Simple arched doorways are a common feature of Tudor-style homes. Many of the characteristic Tudor materials are also present: brick on the front gable, stone trim, and half-timbering with stucco infilling on the upper level.
This home's classic styling is part Tudor and part English country. A Gothic limestone arch above the entry, copper gutters, and board-and-batten siding are distinguishing characteristics.
Doorways of Tudor-style homes commonly boast Renaissance detailing. Tudor (flattened, pointed) arches are often found in door surrounds, such as the one seen here. This arched limestone door surround accentuates its castlelike appearance and lends prominence to the home's entry.
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Ornamental half-timbering is commonly present on Tudor-style homes, mimicking medieval construction techniques. Although timber framing was integral to the structure of medieval houses, most Tudor examples are purely decorative, and many different designs and patterns exist.
Tall, narrow windows, commonly in multiple groups with multipane glazing, are characteristic of Tudor-style homes, as are small, leaded-glass windows in geometric patterns. Period features such as this leaded-glass diamond-pattern window capped by an antique timber lend the home its classic styling.
The facades of Tudor-style homes are often dominated by one or more prominent, steeply pitched cross gables. This home features two front gables and brick wall cladding. Brick became the preferred wall surface for even the most modest Tudor cottages after masonry veneering was popularized in the 1920s.
This one-story brick Tudor gets a fresh face thanks to a nontraditional exterior color palette. Various shades of green -- sage-painted brick and gray-green shutters -- freshen up the home's traditional facade without compromising its design. Copper gutters and exterior touches showcase a weathered patina and add a rustic touch.
Although stone trim is common in Tudor-style houses, this home features stone as the primary wall cladding. In this subtype, stucco, brick, or wooden trim frequently covers gables or second stories. A wall also made from stone surrounds the property.
The manufactured stone on this home's facade creates a Tudor look, mimicking real stone but at a fraction of the cost. Keeping with the style, red brick trim defines the steep roofline and arched windows and doorway.
Tulips wind their way through the front yard of this charming brick Tudor-style cottage. A handmade wreath on the front door mimics the arches of the door and flanking windows. The wreath features silk blooms that coordinate with the tulip display's color scheme.
Great architecture often embraces its surroundings. But with this Tudor-style home, the formula is flipped: The stately home is embraced by its surroundings, with lovely lakeshore curving around the site on three sides. A slate-tile roof and diamond-shape offset chimneys distinguish the home's facade.
Inspired by the traditional architecture of a nearby school and estate, this new English Tudor-style home was designed to appear old. A symmetrical layout featuring a stone-clad exterior, brick chimneys, and chocolate trim boasts timeless Tudor appeal.
Architectural historians will tell you Tudor style has no fixed rules.The English prototype sprang from the introduction of the chimney stack, and the higgledy-piggledy look of the style's myriad rooflines and quaint windows was a balancing act around interior sources of heat. This house is charming and intriguing from the outside. Crude mortar joints between the facade's bricks amplify the home's timeworn appeal.
Brick, stone, stucco, and wood enhance this 60-year-old home's Tudor character.
Heavy chimneys and steeply pitched roofs give Tudor-style homes medieval flavor; the style is sometimes called Medieval Revival. The windows of this home include a lot of casements -- another characteristic of the style.
The exposed wooden beams and wood front door on this Tudor-style house give it a country quality that inspired its woodland scheme. A tree branch and forest greens keep the decor simple, while silvery stars and tin tree luminaries add a hint of holiday decoration.
The windows of Tudor-style homes are often grouped into strings of three or more. They are most commonly located on or below the main gable or in one- or two-story semihexagonal bays, such as the one above the front entrance. Small transoms sometimes top main windows, such as the ones seen on the main level of this home.
The windows on this solarium repeat the Gothic arches and diamond-shape panes that prevail throughout the rest of the Tudor-style home. The solarium offers easy access to the outdoors, and a breezeway that connects it to the main house serves as an informal breakfast area.