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FAQ

How much do Tudor style houses cost per square feet (approximately)?

Costs vary depending on where you’re buying, but keep in mind that Tudors are more costly to build than most modest contemporary homes, so you may see that reflected in the price tag.

Are there Tudor style floor plans with a detached garage?  Is it possible?

It is possible, especially with homes that were built after Henry Ford’s assembly line rolled out the first motorized vehicles.  Since Tudors were expensive to build, they were more likely to be owned by people of means, who at some point would have built a garage for their prized auto.  Since people have been owning vehicles for over 100 years, garages are pretty easy to come by.

Does Tudor style house usually come with a garage? 

When the first Tudors in the US were built, the primary mode of transportation was horse and carriage, so homeowners would have been more likely to have a barn on their property than a garage.  At some point though, a garage would most likely have been added, so you should be able to find a Tudor with an enclosed parking spot.

Is Tudor style considered a grand or luxury style of home?  Is the style used for mansions or normally regular-sized homes?

Tudors are rather costly to build compared to more contemporary homes.  Another factor that contributes to the higher cost is the way the interior is constructed.  Most homes of this style have an interior that is meant to complement the exterior.  Inside, you’ll find dark wood accents, intricate paneling, and ceiling beams.  These homes aren’t exclusively for the rich and famous, but some of them certainly are palatial.

Is Tudor style ever built as a “small” home?  Can it be built economically?

Tudor-style homes come in all sizes.  While the first ones ever built were the centerpiece of grand estates, most of the ones you find in the United States are a more modest size.  One reason they became less popular after World War II is that more modern methods of home construction were cheaper. That said, some Tudors are unimposing in size, not unlike quaint British cottages — doable on a budget.

Can Tudor style floor plans be open concept?

Open concepts weren’t really a thing between 1910 and 1940, when most Tudors in the US were built.  So you probably won’t find this floor plan in most of them.  If someone built a Tudor recently from the ground up, and wanted to give it an open floor plan, it’s possible to do that.

What are popular Tudor style exterior colors?

Tudors usually have mostly a dark brick exterior, contrasted with light facades on the gables.  The front of the gables are white or off-white with a mock frame of thin Vertical boards — decorative half-timbering.  The space between the boards is filled in with stone or stucco.  You can find Tudors in a variety of other colors, too.

Can you build Tudor style house on a narrow lot? 

Since there’s no standard size or layout for a Tudor-style home, you could build one on a narrow lot.

Can this style be built on a wide lot?

Since no two Tudors are exactly alike, and they come in a range of sizes, you can build them on lots of just as many dimension varieties.

Can Tudor style homes be built on a sloping lot?

Since the first Tudors were owned by English aristocrats, many of these homes were built like castles on hilltops.  So there’s no reason you couldn’t build one on a sloping lot if you wanted to.

How many floors/stories does Tudor style usually have?

Tudor homes typically have one or two floors, but an exceptionally large one could have more.

Do Tudor style houses have a basement?

Since Tudor-style homes are especially well-suited for cooler climes, most of them were built in the northern half of the US.  Basements are a common fixture of homes in that region, so you’ll likely find a number of Tudors that include subterranean quarters as part of their floor plan.

Does this style of house ever come with a bonus room?

Tudor homes are known for being asymmetrical, which gives architects plenty of flexibility in how they design the interior.  Larger Tudors have more than one gable, so you could certainly find a bonus room tucked into the corner of a second story or even the first floor.

Do Tudor style floor plans come with energy efficient options?

Going green wasn’t a concern when the first Tudor homes were  built in Great Britain 400-plus years ago, since the only electricity came from a flash of lightning.  This home style really caught on in the US from the second half of the 19th century until about World War II, also a time when people weren’t extremely environmentally-conscious.  Although those homes weren’t initially equipped with energy-efficient lighting and appliances, these features could easily have been added to homes that were recently updated.  Just-built homes could be wired for this capability, too.

Is a porch a common design feature with Tudor style houses?

Browse Tudor homes online and you will find many without porches.  However, since this home design leaves plenty of room for creativity, there are some homes that have porches, or at least enough space near the front door to sit outside on a sunny day.

What types of roof does Tudor style house typically have?

These homes are well-known for having steeply pitched roofs.  Along the front, you’ll also find  gables of varying heights.

Does Tudor style work well with a rustic interior decor?  Or is it more suited to a contemporary interior?

Since most Tudor-style homes were built before World War II, “contemporary” probably isn’t the first word that comes to mind when you think of them.  Usually paneled in dark wood, the inside of a Tudor is meant to give you a rustic, old-world feel, transporting you back in time to late medieval England.

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