Monday, June 9, 2014

Debating the Tudor

I've previously written about updating the facade of our tudor-style house: we're not huge fans of the style (unless it's an authentic tudor house... like the cute 1920's ones), but we can't decide what we should do about it, if anything.

The way I see it, there are three options we are willing to explore.

Option 1: Leave it the way it is.
Not the most exciting option.  The shade of brown is pretty true to the style, and the stucco is a modern shade of beige (not too peach-y). (Some tudors in the neighborhood have trim that has more red in it, which is definitely worse.) 


The look is classic, but we prefer something more Cape Cod/colonial.  (Honestly, we prefer the look of our old house...


...but we left it 8 hours away in Little Rock.)

Option 2: Paint the brown trim khaki.
Several tudor-style houses in our neighborhood here and in Little Rock have lighter trim than the traditional dark brown...


The change would update the facade without sacrificing the style of the house.  If we paint, we've landed on Benjamin Moore "Himalayan Trek."

Option 3: Apply cedar shake-style siding to the areas with the tudor details.
I've gotten a lot of funny looks when I've brought this up before. Hear me out!  Without the tudor trim, our house is basically a center-hall colonial with a bay window.  As such, more colonial or Cape Cod details might work well.  Here are some ideas courtesy of Pinterest:

I think the shakes would work nicely with the brick and the stone on our house, too...


... and the color of the shakes on this house would work with our brown roof.

Here you get a better view of what the cement board shakes look like up close...




The shakes would make our house feel less formal.



Here you can get an idea of what it would look like to only have shakes on the upper level...



So picture our house with shakes everywhere you see tudor:


Thoughts?
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4 comments :

  1. We have a very similar home and recently went with Option #2 and couldn't be happier. We actually based our color scheme on the very photo you have posted under option 2! I was in the same boat as you, not loving the tudor details on our mid 1970s colonial, however, it looks amazing! We've decided to replace the garage door with a carriage style door and the entry door with a dark wood craftsman-esque door to tie it all together. Good luck!

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    1. Thanks! I hadn't thought about changing out the doors. I wish I could see pictures of your finished product!

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  2. I know lots of time has passed, but I'm wondering what you decided on for your tudor exterior. We also purchased an 80s tudor that unfortunately has a peachy beige stucco (MUST GO!) and an "old lady" blue/gray color for the trim. I'm leaning towards painting the trim Nicolson Green from Ben Moore's Williamsburg collection and the trim BM Coastal Fog. What did you decide for your home?

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