Tudor-style houses may feature decorative half-timbering and steep pitches on their roofs. Roofs may also feature cross gables, and windows are often tall and narrow with small panes. If a Tudor-style house has an open fireplace, it may have a large chimney that is topped with a decorative chimney pot. The home's doorways may also feature decorations and embellishments.
Tudor-style homes can be large or small, with some smaller cottage-style houses bearing fake thatched roofs. Larger Tudor homes often feature more decorative elements such as parapets and decorative stonework. The decorative timberwork on the houses' outside is one of the style's striking features and is achieved by filling in a wooden framework with stucco or similar materials.
The name "Tudor" refers to the dynasty that ruled England during the 1500s, but in the United States architectural sense, it refers to homes that take their influence from that period. Tudor-style homes were most popular from around 1890 to 1940, when architects from Europe travelled to the United States and brought their Old World influences with them.
The Tudor style remained popular until World War 2, when the wartime patriotism ushered in the more American Colonial Revival period. The style's drawbacks include the fact that it was expensive to build and was prone to maintenance issues.