Tudor Homes are well-known for their distinctive features and are found commonly in well-established communities all over the United States – we even have one right here in Cary, North Carolina! This home is nestled in Kensington at Regency Park and exemplifies impressive craftsmanship.
Tudor Homes are one of the most recognizable architectural styles found in the United States. Their architectural characteristics date back to 16th Century England and more Modern versions are based on Medieval English, however loosely. While Tudor Homes can each have their own uniqueness, they tend to share many of the same common features.
Common Features Include:
Steep-Pitched, Multi-Gabled Roof Lines: This roofing style is conducive to the era and placement of these homes when they were first being built in Europe. This style easily sheds water or snow and can provide additional space for storage or a vaulted ceiling. In this case, this home used the additional space to create a third floor suite, complete with a full bathroom, walk-in closet, and plenty of room for both sleeping quarters and living space.
Decorative Half-Timber Framing: This common feature is almost exclusive to homes found in the United States and shows exposed wood on the outside of the home, normally in a pattern. This home in Cary does not have this feature, but did keep with the traditional brown, cream, and white exterior palette.
Gabled or Shaped Dormers: Dormers add head-space to a roof that would otherwise have limited space, and almost always features a window. At this home, the dormer is flat, an uncharacteristic style of the Tudor Home, but a modern interpretation of the dormer.
Massive and/or Decorative Chimneys: Unlike this home, many Tudor Homes feature large brick or stone chimneys on the roof line, accompanied by decorative chimney pots. This modern interpretation does feature a large fireplace in the family room, accompanied by stained glass windows on either side – another common feature found in the Tudor Home.
Decorated Vergeboards: This characteristic is an ornate exterior house trim that is normally found on more intricate versions of the Tudor Home. Vergeboards are also commonly called Bargeboards and frequently found on gabled roofs.
Brick, Stone, Stucco, or Slate Exterior (Known as “Noble Materials”): Since these homes were mainly built to withstand rain and snow, these “Noble Materials” were used to ensure that the home would hold up very well and for a long period of time. As you can see on this home, there is a generous amount of stone work on the front of the home and around the exterior of the home, surrounding the pool area.
Decorative, Grand Entryways: Entries of Tudor Style Homes generally feature a stone surround that is arched. This Kensington at Regency home does that beautifully. Inside, the entryway follows suit with a large, two-story foyer.
Windows in Groups of Two to Four (Most Commonly – Three and Narrow): This home exemplifies this feature and features narrow window groupings throughout.
Living in a Tudor Style Home
These homes are generally found in Northern Climates where owners can gain the most use from their unique build that is normally more conducive for those that prefer to be indoors. Tudor Homes are known for having large stone hearths and multiple fireplaces. During the time in which this architectural style came about – the chimneys were the primary source of heat in England. In the United States, most of the homes you will find are situated on the Eastern Coast and Midwest. Features such as the steeply pitched roofs are ideal to climates that see a lot of rain or snow. Many of these homes are built as mansions but modern interpretations, such as the one found here in Cary, are just as popular as their larger predecessors.
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