Historic Whole Home Remodel in Decatur
Full Remodel - Tudor in Decatur
We’ll start our tour on the outside of this elegant home. When we began this renovation, the original blueprint was 1,350 square feet. To accommodate an expanded master bedroom, additional kids’ rooms, and a new in-law suite, we seamlessly incorporated additions into the rear and second story of the home for a new square footage of 3,200.
The original exterior of the home consisted of permastone with slight millwork and no overhangs. While this was a common composition for many post-war homes, we completely gutted both the exterior and the interior in favor of a more stylistic, turn-of-the-century Tudor design.
Copper Sky painstakingly constructed stucco siding with Tudor boards and batons, sloped roof ridges and soffits, vintage steel casement windows, heavy cedar columns, and even a custom bat house in the roof gable. While some of these details are minor, we believe beautiful period replicas should be visible from every angle. Our restoration made the home almost more Tudor than the original Tudor.
The Gallery Bedroom
Unique to Tudor-style homes is the belief that every space should be maximized and cherished in its own right and not just as a transition into another space. Perhaps the best example of this is the home’s upstairs gallery bedroom, which we constructed as a tribute to these ideals.
Everything in our addition was built to pay perfect homage to the Tudor style, from the gorgeous hardwood flooring to the framed gallery windows and baseboards below that accentuate the Tudor trend toward tightly-arranged, closely-grouped, square-paned casement windows. In Tudor homes owned by England’s gentry, the wooden staircase was an important symbol of affluence and the emphasis placed on structural beauty.
Inspired by this notion, we decided to play up the significance of the staircase by embellishing it with decorative balusters trimming its entirety. The pairs of slotted balusters that together form geometric diamonds is at once simple and intricate—a combination reflective of the home as a whole.
Another unique feature of the Tudor home is its fondness for niches and alcoves, perhaps because they create interest within the tidiness of the light, open, and plumb design. We included several of these throughout the house, creatively purposing them for functional and appealing spaces like this reading nook built into the upstairs landing and railing of the staircase. Just as with our gallery bedroom, every space is intentional, and no space is wasted.
One of our favorite features of the Tudor style is the openness of its interior. We’re not just talking about the openness of rooms, which do flow easily one into another. We’re also talking about the trend towards open shelving that was valued so highly when Tudor architecture first gained popularity and is again resurfacing as a paradigm within the modern design world.
We featured open shelving in living space bookshelves, in kitchen storage shelves, in bathroom linen shelves, and in bedroom displays. We applied this concept even more liberally to embrace structural and appliance design itself.
Notice, for example, this carefully-selected, period replica bathroom sink (above) with exposed piping and no base whatsoever. The minimalistic sink is mounted directly into the wall itself. Try this and our other design decisions in your own home to mimic style characteristics valued for hundreds of years and again gaining popularity in the modern design world.