tudor style home


Some Tutoring on Tudors

Like the name suggests, Tudor-style architecture is reminiscent of the Tudor-era in England (1457-1603), which spans the reigns of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I. The original Tudor architecture was enormous and imposing and doesn’t bear much resemblance to what we think of today, which is significantly scaled down from the 1500s. Think more cottage than castle. When it comes to Tudor aesthetic, think warmth.

Tudor revival architecture became popular in England in the late 1800s and by the early 1900s had made its way across the pond to the United States. In the first half of the twentieth century, the U.S. saw a boom in classic architectural styles and Tudor revival was one of the most popular to hit American suburbs.

Unlike other popular styles of architecture in California that were popular at the time, like Craftsman and Spanish revival, Tudor homes emphasize indoor living.

On the inside, hallmarks of Tudor style include exposed timber ceiling beams, rustic fireplaces, plenty of dark wood accents, and warm color schemes. Windows typically have diamond shapes or grid patterns. If a house has leaded windows or stained glass, so much the better!

Here some characteristics of Tudor-style architecture:

  • Half-timbering (exposed wood beams and light-colored stucco)
  • Steep, multi-gabled roof
  • Oversized chimneys
  • Brick and stone accents
  • Dramatic entryways
  • Grouped windows
  • Board-and-batten wall paneling