Tudor Floor Plans
Tudor house plans have the distinction of being perhaps one of the most easily recognizable, even to those who aren’t educated in such matters. That signature half-timbering on the second floor of these stately European style homes appears in neighborhoods all across the United States, partly due to a resurgence in popularity during the 1970’s and 1980’s.
The history of Tudor house plans tells the story of shifting economic forces in England through varying phases of the monarchy’s reign. Originally built for wealthy homeowners, the style of Tudor house plans evolved into a simpler version for the common family, though many features remained consistent. Steeply pitched roofs, large glass windows with lead-lined panes in diamond or rectangular shapes, tall and narrow doorways, prominent cross gables, and flagstone flooring were among the more distinct characteristics across regions. In smaller homes for average families, Tudor house plans also typically had wooden staircases to the upper floors and small landscaped herb gardens in the back yard, serving both decorative and functional purposes.
Today’s Tudor house plans are all about the details. Construction methods have improved exponentially since those early European homes were built, and modern Tudor house plans are enabled to possess all the decorative elements without any of the structural inefficiencies of early days. The signature half-timbering, once the exposed structural beams filled in with plaster or stone, are now decorative trim and pose no draft risk.
Smaller details are also important in a Tudor house plan. Wrought iron fixtures and heavy hinges are a hallmark of this style of home. These production methods have improved also, and these details can be chosen for artistic consistency rather than merely function.
The interior of a Tudor house plan is traditionally “E” or “H” shaped, with rooms off of a long gallery or hallway. Living spaces upstairs maximize heat from the central chimney or the dual symmetrical chimneys from two fireplaces in lower living areas.
These classic homes blend easily into established neighborhoods and come in either modest sizes or larger luxury models.