Tudor Home Style
A space-efficient home style that harkens back to 16th century England, Tudor has evolved to suit modern living.
A 12-room farmhouse, located in the village of Shottery, Warwickshire, England, served as the childhood home of Anne Hathaway, wife to William Shakespeare. Timber framing and steep roof pitches are among quintessential Tudor design features. The earliest part of the home was built prior to the 15th century.
The earliest Tudor homes were timber framed, with walls fashioned from wattle (intertwined sticks) with daub (clay and dung) infill. The exterior daub was lime-washed and exposed timbers finished with tar to prevent rot. Narrow casement windows were framed in wood and fashioned from small glass panes encased in lead.
Steeply pitched Tudor roofs were clad in thatch, tiles or slate.
Exposed timber beams, hand-hewn and therefore a tad uneven, served a structural purpose.
The Tudor Revival period, which took hold in the United States in the mid 1800s, resulted in the construction of many Tudor cottages.
By the 1940s, a neighborhood of Tudor-style homes encircled the outskirts of every major urban area in the United States.
Tudor Revival homes in and around the Nashville suburbs served, in part, as inspiration for the design of HGTV Smart Home 2014.
This Nashville area Tudor Revival home features stacked stone construction.