For people who like their home to have character, the modern McMansion trend makes it extremely difficult to find something among the available homes for sale that's acceptable. In subdivision after subdivision, the houses look the same. So if you're looking for a house with style, what are your options? Buying an older home is your best bet, as many of them were built in the popular styles of the period, such as Craftsman, Victorian, or Tudor Revival. It's the Tudor Revival style we'll be talking about in this article.
The Tudor style was imported from England in the early 1900s. It's characterized by steeply pitched roofs with several peaks, decorative exposed timber framing on the facades, windows in sets, plenty of chimneys (which means plenty of fireplaces), and brick or stone construction. These homes are imposing, dramatic, and speak of old money. They're also rare, which will give you status over the other homeowners. They handle snow buildup well and are very tough, but can, however, be prone to leaks in the joins between the roof peaks.
The interiors of Tudor homes are very cozy. With high, pitched roofs, exposed framing, stained glass accents and a plethora of fireplaces, this is the perfect home to insulate you from the outdoors. If the older casement windows are still in place, they may be a bit drafty and the high ceiling rooms can be more expensive to heat, but with the fireplace going you should have the coziest real estate around. Dark wood paneling and accents accentuate this, but may make some feel as if they're living in a cave.
Most of the Tudor homes in North America are around 100 years old, so any community that is younger than that is unlikely to have any Tudors. Most real estate agents can advise you on which neighborhoods to consider if you want a Tudor. They're less common in Canada and the Western and Southern United States than they are in New England, where the climate and culture is most similar to England, where this housing style originated. Therefore the best places to look are older American towns in the Northeast of the country.
Supposing you do find some real estate in the Tudor style, how much will it cost you to buy? Well, the price depends greatly on the locale, but be prepared to shell out more for a heritage home than you would for a brand new McMansion. Why? Because Tudors were most often built by people with money, which means they're huge custom built homes on large lots in the older parts of town where property values have since gone up. Don't forget to factor the extra maintenance cost of owning an older home into your budget as well.
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