Characteristics of Tudor Architecture

Tudor-style architecture, which can be seen in some housing developments near Calgary, is a popular design motif among aspiring homeowners, and is one of several styles professional home builders specialize in. Tudor architecture originated in England in the 1500s, during the Tudor Dynasty. Below are the inherent characteristics of this architecture.

One of the most distinctive features of Tudor architecture is the stark black and white effect (which reminds one of Shakespearean-era houses) due to the exposed wooden frames. In England, the town of Lavenham in Suffolk, for example, is littered with Tudor-style houses.

A Tudor home’s iconic black and white splendor is primarily created because of the materials used in building them. Oak and elm were the main types of wood used, and the frames were erected vertically while being supported with diagonal timbers. As soon as the frames are constructed, they’re blackened and filled with brick or plaster (or wattle and daub, which were more common). These frames were also known for being joined together not by nails but by wooden pegs.

Aside from their framing, Tudor homes also predominantly featured thatched roofs; though richer people opted to use clay tiles. Thatched roofs were often made using either straw or reeds; bundles of which were piled onto the frame of the roof. For the windows, glass was the major material, making the homes’ interiors lighter and airier.

For residents planning to settle in Ranchers’ Rise, in Okotoks, Alberta, the Tudor style is one of the four architectural options.


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