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The Tudor House Style seemed to want to imitate medieval cottages or country houses. Though the style follows these more modest characteristics, items such as steeply pitched roofs, half-timbering often infilled with herringbone brickwork, tall mullioned windows, high chimneys, jettied (overhanging) first floors above pillared porches, dormer windows supported by consoles, and even at times thatched roofs, gave the Tudor style its more striking effects.
In modern structures, usually on estates of private houses, a half timbered appearance is obtained by applied decorative features over the "real" structure, typically wood stud framing or concrete block masonry. A combination of boards and stucco is applied to obtain the desired appearance. To minimise maintenance the "boards" are now commonly made of PVC plastic or fibre reinforced cement siding with a dark brown or wood effect finish. In the US, the style is often further modified by painting the timbers colors such as blue or green. The Tudor style was most popular for new American homes in the 1970s and 1980s.
Whether of older or recent origin, the appearance of solid beams and half timbered exterior walls is only superficial. Artificially aged and blackened beams are constructed from light wood, bear no loads, and are attached to ceilings and walls purely for decoration, while artificial flames leap from wrought iron fire-dogs in an inglenook often a third of the size of the room in which they are situated.
An Unfurnished Tudor House
A Furnished Tudor House
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