Renovated Tudor Home With Courtyard and Stone Turret

This renovated 1930s Tudor-style home features wooden garage doors, attractive landscaping, a courtyard, a steep roof and a stone turret with spiral staircase leading to upper floors as well as a wine room in the basement. 

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February 02, 2016

Photo By: Chris Kendall

Photo By: Daniel Contelmo Jr.

Photo By: Chris Kendall

Photo By: Chris Kendall

Photo By: Chris Kendall

Photo By: Chris Kendall

Photo By: Chris Kendall

Photo By: Chris Kendall

Photo By: Chris Kendall

Photo By: Chris Kendall

Photo By: Chris Kendall

Photo By: Chris Kendall

Photo By: Chris Kendall

Photo By: Daniel Contelmo Jr.

Photo By: Daniel Contelmo Jr.

Photo By: Chris Kendall

Photo By: Daniel Contelmo Jr.

Photo By: Chris Kendall

Tudor House Renovation

The homeowners of this 1930s Tudor wanted a modest renovation to improve their kitchen and open the space to the rest of the house. As the project continued to evolve, renovations continued into to the family room, guest room, bathroom, main entry, sunroom, dining room, art room and a new breakfast room. The garage is laid out at an angle to the original family room, opening up the courtyard for vehicles and providing access to a mudroom door and the side turret entrance.

Tudor-Style Home is Traditional, Elegant

The existing landscape provided a challenge, but also the opportunity to design outdoor living spaces on several levels. The flat-roofed family room needed a pitched roof to blend with the existing house, but the roof, along with the turret, couldn’t block existing windows. To accomplish the homeowners’ vision, interior walls had to be removed, but they were constructed of clay blocks, which supported two-story block walls above. We continued the 16:12 pitched roof over the existing family room, but shifted it back to allow light into the third-story window. The same pitched roof covers the garage addition, but a reverse gable with paneled accents provides interest and a carriage house feel.

Stone Turret Entry Into Tudor Home

To add charm to the classic Tudor, a stone turret is incorporated, providing a whimsical, rustic element to the exterior. The durability of the exterior materials ensures that they will not need to be replaced for many years. Reclaimed brick is used for some of the floors and reclaimed slate for the roof to match the existing materials. Existing walls and floor lines are used in the design of the renovation to minimize the need for additions.

Spiral Staircase in Tudor Turret

The new front turret provides access to the courtyard and a spiral staircase that leads from the upstairs bedroom sitting room to the comfortable family room and down to the wine room in the basement.

Cozy Green Sitting Room Built in a Turret

When this Tudor-style home was renovated, a turret was added to the front of the home. At the top of the turret is now a charming sitting room for the bedroom.

Traditional Mudroom With Custom Built-Ins

To connect the garage addition to the existing house, a spacious mudroom entry is built and filled with custom built-ins. Before the renovation, the family would enter the home through the side door that had no storage. Now, the space offers room for shoes, backpacks and coats.

Traditional Family Room With Vaulted Ceiling and Exposed Beams

The rustic, traditional family room makes use of the Tudor-style pitched roof with a vaulted ceiling and wood beams. A custom oak built-in houses the flat-screen TV, entertainment components and fireplace. The large gray sectional is comfortable and the perfect spot to relax.

Transitional Breakfast Room is Cozy, Welcoming

In this Tudor-style home renovation, turrets were built in the front and back. The rear turret now houses a transitional breakfast area. The beaded chandelier is highlighted by starburst molding on the ceiling, while a round table is surrounded by comfortable, contemporary-printed chairs.

Traditional White Kitchen With Large Center Island

The traditional white kitchen provides access to the family room via the staircase. Floor-to-ceiling cabinetry provides tons of storage, while a rustic stone backsplash brings a country element to the space. The large center island is topped with white marble for a great workspace and family gathering spot.

Traditional Kitchen With Large Center Island

The newly renovated kitchen makes use of a center island topped with beautiful marble, creating a large workspace for the family. Creamy cabinets paired with wood countertops and a farmhouse sink bring a touch of country to the space. The coffered ceiling hides structural members needed to support the clay block walls above.

Brick Hallway in Tudor-Style Basement

The staircase in the front turrets leads down to the basement, which houses wine storage and a tasting room with a full bar. Since a new first-level attached garage constructed, the existing below-grade garage became storage and mechanical space, as well as a corridor to the existing basement.

Old World-Inspired Wine Cellar

The circular wine room below the rear turret of this Tudor-style home is filled with custom built-in wine racks and stone shelves. Natural stone is used on most of the walls in the space, and reclaimed brick covers all of the floors. The entire space is "reclaimed" since it replaces what was once a garage and basement. Very little heat (or cooling) is used to make these subterranean spaces function properly.

Rustic Stone Wine Storage and Tasting Room

All of the wine experience spaces are lined with either stone or stucco and have an antique brick floor. The tasting room is separate from the chilled wine so that the homeowners could entertain friends comfortably. A built-in bar area made from white oak has iron hardware.

Traditional Pool With Beautiful Landscaping

From the new deck, the rear yard landscaping and in-ground pool can be viewed. Gravel and stone walkways and a black metal fence surround the pool area.

Traditional Landscaped Pool at Tudor-Style Home

Beautiful landscaping surrounds the in-ground pool, creating a quiet oasis. The existing landscape provided a challenge, but also the opportunity to design outdoor living spaces on several levels.

Tudor-Style Three-Car Garage

Designs were nearly complete when the homeowners raised concerns about the existing below-grade garage. The driveway was so steep that they had never parked a car in it. They decided to fill the driveway, bury the existing garage and construct a new three-car garage to be built on a diagonal to the existing house. The angle creates a connecting space that becomes the laundry room and mudroom, providing access to the family room, garage and rear yard.

Tudor-Style Garage

Working with the existing terrain, the garage is nestled into a hill. The renovation required a variance, steep slope approval and a resized drainage pipe, which ran under the garage.

Elegant Tudor Home With Courtyard

The angle of the garage to the house creates a front courtyard. The exterior became long visually, so window seat bump-outs and dormers are used to bring down the scale of the facade.

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