If your tastes run to Tudor design and you want an estate-quality plan, this design will fill your needs. Half-timbering, a turret and an arched recessed entry lend enchantment on the outside. Spacious rooms and loads of amenities spell great livability on the inside. Look for both formal and informal rooms on the main level: a 1 1/2-story living room with fireplace, a family room with built-ins, a den with bay window, a breakfast nook and a formal dining room. A utility room with built-in ironing center sits near a full bath and opens to the four-car garage with shop space. A terrace wraps around the left side of the plan and offers shaded eating space. Two sets of stairs lead up to the second level, where there are a vaulted master suite and a huge bonus room. Bedroom 4 is also vaulted.
Architectural Styles Associated with this design
Some of the features of this home are 'European'. European homes come in many guises, since the term reflects homes styled after those in many countries; English Tudor, French Country, and Dutch Gable, to name a few. Beyond the country of origin, there's also the period of history from which the style emerged; Georgian, Victorian, Greek Revival; the list is almost endless. The homes shown in the collection below feature elements inspired by those found in countries across the Atlantic.
Our traditional style houseplans comprise a neo-eclectic style borrowing details from historic styles and adapting to contemporary forms and materials - i.e.: Colonial porches and columns, Tudor half-timber, French steeply pitched hip roof and arched windows, Georgian entry doors or Victorian porch spindle work. Wood exteriors combined with brick or stone trim.
Traditional homes freely borrow from a number of historic styles and combine them to relay a new expression. Many historic styles are also 'traditional' in nature, and are incorporated into the Mascord Collection. Colonial, Tudor, Craftsman, Cape Cod - in this collection of home plans you'll discover floor plans that reflect modern lifestyles with spacious rooms, flexible spaces and modern conveniences, but mixed with distinct architectural flair, curb appeal and modern aesthetic. Expect elements such as free-flowing kitchens, breakfast nooks, and family room combinations.
We consider this home to be a Tudor or Storybook style home. We have a number of tudor and story book style home plans available in our collection, and many of our plans can be adapted easily to include tudor or storybook style elements to the exterior. Our tudor homes typically have steep pitched gable roofs, with half-timber decorations on the exterior. patterned brick-work or stone, stucco and multi-paned windows in groups are also common.
The tudor revival style became especially popular with 1920s suburban homes, loosely based on late medieval prototypes. Many tudor homes are identified with ornamental half-timbering to reflect the medieval construction technique. Tudor style homes often feature stucco or masonry veneered walls, steeply pitched roofs, and cross-gabled floor plans. The Storybook Style expands on the historical elements of the Tudor style, adding a medieval fantasy flavor. Castle turrets, copper embellishments of fantastical roof lines round out the vernacular.
Tudor / Storybook features:
- Multiple Tall Gables
- Sweeping rooflines
- Cantilevered Stories
- Large Brick Chimneys
- Tall Chimneypots
- Crenelated Walls (Battlements)
- Leaded Windows
The storybook style is a whimsical nod toward Hollywood design technically called Provincial Revivalism, and embodies much of what we see in fairy-tale storybooks, stage plays and in our favorite dreams.
Common Features of our Storybook Homes:
- The exterior finish is predominately stucco, often rough troweled, and frequently with half-timbering. Exteriors also feature rubble stone, crazed brick, or clinker brick; all-stone, all-brick, and all-wood construction are sometimes used. Turrets with conical roofs are a common feature, as are faux dovecotes.
- Walls can be sloped or curving, hand made or organic looking; wing walls are not uncommon.
- Rooflines are usually curved in some way—swaybacked, sagged, concave, undulating or sharply pointed; gables are usually jerkinhead or very sharply pointed; eaves are often rolled; use of catslides is common. Roofs are commonly finished with wooden shingles, wooden shakes, or slate laid down in a seawave or other intentionally irregular pattern; though the original materials have frequently been replaced over time, the irregular pattern is sometimes imitated in the more modern material.
- Round-topped or batten, often with a speakeasy - doors are frequently set in an arched frame lined with stone; when a turret is present, the building's front door typically opens into this. Windows are usually wood-framed with leaded or wavy glass installed; figural insets of stained glass are not uncommon. Wrought iron door hinges, handles, knockers, and locksets are common, as are other wrought iron embellishments.
- Most storybook homes are fairly small and are based upon a fanciful interpretation of medieval European homes, or traditional English cottage style. Larger storybook homes are often constructed to appear as though built up gradually over time, one addition at a time, or built primarily out of stone with battlements and turrets to resemble a castle.
- As befits their faux-rural heritage, many storybook homes are surrounded by trees and shrubbery. The greenery can conceal many homes from the casual observer, and reflect the 'cottage in the woods' setting of many homes in storybooks.