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Tudor homes were created and built during the Tudor dynasty between the late 1400’s through the early 1600’s. These iconic homes had, and continue to feature a distinctive and highly contrasting style of light and dark hued appearance with half-timbered wood embellishment. At one time, this half-timbered look was achieved by filling the wooden frame with brickwork and plaster; however, today’s Tudor homes achieve the half-timbered look by using decorative materials that mimic the traditional Tudor style. This dramatic exterior is easily recognizable and although, Tudor homes fell out of style at one point, they have experienced a revival both in the early part of the 20th century as well as towards the end of the century. Originating in Europe, these homes are exceedingly charming and display great character and massive curb appeal. With its rich and varied history, our collection of Tudor House Plans combines the architectural essence and sensibility of this lovely style with the modern features so many families building homes today desire.

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Here are some of the key elements that define Tudor homes:


  • Steeply pitched roofs and dormers.
  • Leaded glass windows
  • Half-timbered exterior wall siding
  • Multiple chimneys
  • Embellished doorways
  • Tall, narrow doors
  • Brick or smooth stucco exteriors
  • Latticed window groupings
  • Parapets and/or turrets


These Old English Tudor homes are generally characterized by their steeply pitched gable roofs, elaborately embellished doorways and windows, bold exterior chimneys, decorative half-timbering and are often magical and romantic in style. A storybook exterior often accompanies the whimsical nature of these homes, which can be quite decorative or simple; regardless, these homes are highlighted with a very distinctive, historical look and feel that accompanies the flexible interior floor plans.

With the rise of patriotism during World War II, Tudor homes fell out of style; however, arcing towards the turn of the century, these homes were once again popular and fashionable during the 1970’s and 80’s. They continue to populate the design market with their eclectic, asymmetrical style and nod to the loosely drawn late medieval English homes, whether an older, updated home or newly crafted.

Tudor Exteriors

Tudor house plans are well suited for narrow property lots and oftentimes, include a courtyard entry garage. Along with these space saving garages, Tudor homes feature charming exterior elements that seem more suited for the English countryside than urban lots and city streets. These homes may feature extensive rooflines and magical exteriors that include turrets, decorative arches and sweeping curves which can be decorative or practical accompaniments to the home; whether providing streaming sunlight into the home, a spot to read or relax or seamless transition from one area of the home to another. These solid exteriors are classic, timeless and tend to be constructed from materials designed to last a lifetime. While many Tudor homes are absent of front covered porches, there is usually some type of protective alcove highlighted on the exterior; additionally, there may be a portico or porte-cochere for family and guests’ protection from weather related elements. Modern Tudor homes will most certainly feature some form of rear outdoor space for entertaining and relaxing; perhaps, a sunroom, covered porch or verandah. Lovely in a wooded setting or English landscape garden, these roomy fairytale homes are ideal for families and entertaining.

Interior Floor Plans

Tudor house plans are usually thought of as having large floor plans with elaborate, well laid-out interiors; however, small Tudor homes are not uncommon. Warm and comfortable home furnishings complement the interior layout, where these solidly constructed homes feature interior floor plans that are family friendly and made for entertaining purposes. Red or dark brickwork mimicking the exterior may be brought into the interior as well as wood floors, burnished interior wall paint and luxurious rugs and draperies which enhance the warmth and character of these homes. Modern Tudor house plans may feature floor plans that are casual and open or more formal in nature or perhaps, a combination of both as long as the family and guests have plenty of room to socialize and comfortably entertain.

Tudor Size Range

Small, large, simple or luxurious, Tudor house plans are conducive to a wide variety of sizes and lifestyles. America’s Best House Plans features a striking collection of homes ranging in size from just over 1,400 square feet to 7,700 square feet with the majority falling into the 2,500 square foot range.


These iconic homes are easily recognizable, remain highly desirable and their Old World style continues to focus on solid, well-built homes that feature distinguishing characteristics on both the exterior and interior. Storybook detailing, countryside charm and exquisite craftsmanship continue to highlight the beauty and desirability of this visually appealing architectural style. Romantic architecture and the fascinating history of Tudor homes, inspire today’s homes toward traditional and classic house designs with an infusion of modern, fresh ideas bringing them into the 21st century.