Living Like Shakespeare: A Tudor Tutorial
Tudor architecture is a style of building that originated in England more than 500 years ago. This style's popularity coincided with the reign of the Tudors, an era when homes were entirely timber framed. Today, Tudor Revivals, also known as mock Tudors, can be found throughout the United Kingdom as well as in the United States, Canada, and Australia. The distinctive features of a Tudor-style home include a half-timber exterior (or its modern-day replacement, stucco with faux-timber trim), steep rooflines, gables, leaded-glass casement windows, ornate chimneys, and jetties (portions of an upper story that project beyond the floor below). Thatched roofs, commonplace early in the Tudor era, were eventually replaced by hardier slate or tile. Many mock Tudors feature brick or stone exteriors, or infilling between timbers. Modern-day homeowners are often drawn to the old-world charm of these historic structures but sensibly choose to update their Tudor-style homes with low-maintenance replacement materials. Others find that blending some Tudor details with architectural styles of different eras can result in an eclectic yet classic look.