The Tudor Home
Tudor style homes are based loosely on early English building traditions and emerged in the United States around 1890. The most distinctive features include exposed timbers interspersed with stucco. Details were often borrowed from Renaissance, Prairie and Craftsman styles.
Essential Style Elements
Tudor homes feature steeply pitched roofs with single or multiple front gables. Exteriors include decorative half timbering with stucco or brick infill, and combinations of stucco, wood, brick and/or stone. Additional details include asymmetrical door and window compositions with bay windows, recessed entries and large, elaborate chimneys.
Although the Tudor style uses a number of window types, the most common is a casement window, often with multiple windows mulled together. Transom windows are also typical, as are bay windows projecting from the first or second story.
For the main entry, a plank with a half-round archtop and a small panel of glass is common. An auxiliary door that had a utilitarian function was often a plank construction type of door. For doors leading to a garden, glass panels were often used.
Colors & Finishes
Window colors are deep, warm and dark. The window's frame, sash and trim are usually one color - typically a dark brown or a reddish-brown - and the wall material is white or beige stucco. However, the wall material does not need to contrast with the windows themselves and can be of similar color value.
Exterior Color Palette
Interior Wood Species
Interior Stain Colors
Tudor window hardware is simple and functional. Integral hardware elements include sash lifts and locks. A distressed bronze finish is most authentic for the style.
Lock and Keeper in Oil Rubbed Bronze finish
Traditional Folding Hardware in Distressed Bronze finish
Encino® Door Hardware
Encino® hardware is an ideal complement for Tudor style homes. Made of solid, forged brass for a substantial Tudor style look and feel, it features a simple, clean design and is available in a deep, distressed bronze finish that is historically accurate. A distressed nickel finish is also available.
Yuma® Door Hardware
Yuma® hardware is an ideal complement for Tudor style homes. Made of solid, forged brass for a substantial Tudor style look and feel, it features a simple, clean design and is available in a deep, distressed bronze finish that is historically accurate. A distressed nickel finish is also available.
Oil Rubbed Bronze
Diamond patterns with metal caming are the traditional choice for Tudor style casement windows, although square patterns are occasionally selected. For double-hung windows, rectangular patterns are preferred and may be made of wood. A combination of diamond and rectangular patterns may be used in the same house.
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