On the way into the Historic District of McKinney, Texas there are several architecturally interesting Tudor Homes that have that Cottage, fairy tale look that appears to be quite different from traditional or historic homes on North Tennessee Street.
Tudor homes typically have massive chimneys, sometimes crowned by decorative chimney pots. This double chimney is funnel shaped. It is definitely different.
The crowned chimney is distinctly noticeable. The front door is arched and to the right facing the front door is a stained glass window. The door and stained glass do blend in with the roof and its interesting pebbles on bricks. I do think the roof is very cool, how about you?
This Tudor has that Cottage, New England Garden look which may be of interest to those who cherish a well-maintained garden leading up to the front door. The gardens, the soft blue door, its slendor stained-glass, and multi-color roof may be desirable. I think I could live there, how about you?
Something in common with all these homes on Tennessee Street is their front door and/or entry with round or Tudor arch. This one has a winged look above the front windows. All of the homes make their own personal statement. This one with the Adirondack chairs, scattered pebbles, and triangular castle capped roof is unique. Notice the overhead canopy over the front windows to block out the Texas heat from the sun.
Each home features a story of its own. The steep pitched roof, usually side gabled (less commonly hipped or front gabled).
A shaded Tudor is a smart idea in Texas heat. Notice the arched window. No, the car in the window is a reflection of my automobile parked out front as seen in the clean glass arched picture window. But the blue stained glass hanging in the window was very impressive! Again, an English Garden is stunning and goes well with the Tudor style home. An all brick-red roof with this color brick and natural color front door seems appealing. It blends well for me, that is. Again, it is all a personal choice.
The arched naturally painted front door with green trim and shutters has that clean, not so busy look with soft white brick and green roof. The facade is dominated by two front facing gables with front door on an angle. They are steeply pitched. This front door is inviting, don't you think?
Once again, we see here the massive double chimneys crowned by decorative chimney pots. Brick and stone compliments each other. Stones around the garden's edge may make edging challenging, unless of course one has professional lawn maintenance. The pumpkin color door pops against that shade of brick making the earth tone more natural.
Here is another look of how brick and stone with ornate wood trim compliments each other with that natural cottage look for a Tudor style home. The windows are different with clean cut edges. Plus, the bluish gray front door has a window to let in light or a peak from the inside to see who is at the front door. What I see here are three primary colors that pull from the stones in the slender chimney making the chimney tops less intrusive, adding charm to the Tudor popular between 1890 and 1940.
Three crowning decorative chimney pots! Two arched windows. One slim stained-glass window. Unique! I like how the overhang covers the partial front door. What I found interesting is comparing newer Tudors to older historic buildings, for example, pre-1920 usually includes a full-width one story front porch. I would love a front porch, keeping plants and shrubs at a distance. How about you? But then again, I would prefer new home efficiency and construction.
Compared to the other Tudors one would have to decide if less is more? Craftman styles are very personal and an individual preferance. Paired gables with a pointed castle roof is also unique. Manicured shrubs are very eye catching.
Here is another look at one of my favorites. I found it most fascinating because Lynn Brandon, PhD, is one of my favorite professors from UNT. I enrolled in Architectural Ancestry and learned a lot from Lynn about architectural structures. When I am not working with buyers or sellers, I am taking classes to learn more about what inspires buyers to buy and what sellers regret most when selling.
Thanks to Lynn Brandon, PhD, I am seeing architectural styles through a different lens of the eye through my camera. I hope that through this blog of mine is an inspiration to you! If you are a first-time homebuyer, I get that you want a fairy tale dream to come true and I want that for you too!
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