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Tudor Architecture is a design style that, irrespective of the exterior materials used, radiates warmth and sophistication. Originally, Tudor homes were primarily made of stone, and common characteristics included a mixture of decorative spires and chimney details, curvilinear gables, and “E” or “H” shaped footprints. Our favorite example of this was Athelhampton House, built between 1493 and 1550. While the Tudor design style became synonymous with the white plaster and exposed timber frame style homes (known as half-timbering), stone and masonry was considered the foundations of a good home among the wealthy during this period. Half-timber homes were considered a housing solution for the lower classes, and because of their low cost construction many of these half-timber homes don’t exist today. Nonetheless, this stylistic characteristic became well-known after capturing the taste of the English population for several decades. Because of the vast range of stylistic characteristics associated with this design style throughout the centuries, Jesse takes great interest in this design style and has become fond of designing both traditional and contemporary renditions. With such a rich history, and centuries of design details to explore, we are excited to see what he designs next.
English Country houses, interchangeably known as English Manors, were just that for the gentry who largely ruled England until the Reform Act of 1832. While the term “English Country House” could refer to a range of Tudor, Georgian, or thatched roof Dutch inspired barn houses, what is consistent is that these were grand residences that offered a sense of sprawling connection to their natural surroundings. There are of course several examples of these homes that were designed to dominate the landscape such as Longleat House or Montacute House. However, there were more subtle and modest examples, Ascott House being one of Jesse’s favorite examples of this design style because of its rustically rambling style designed by George Devery to intentionally seem as if it had been eclectically expanded over the centuries. Often, these country homes changed hands several times over the centuries as different families rose to and fell from power. The result is that these homes often feature an eclectic mixture of architectural styles that appealed to different owners based on what was “in” during that time. A great example of this is Brympton d’Evercy, a home that was largely designed at the whims of different owners architectural tastes over the centuries. However, what kept it together stylistically was the use of the same Ham Hill Stone from Somerset England. This range of architectural details and features that this eclectically elegant design style has become associated with is exciting to explore for Jesse when seeing through his custom home designs.
French Chateau Architecture is a favorite of Jesse’s when designing custom homes because of the dramatic steep and swooping rooflines, the use of symmetry and grand proportions, and the opportunity to use ornament in the form of detailed stone work. This wealth of unique architecturally sophisticated detail and luxurious proportion is one that other styles, such as Georgian architecture just can't offer. Jesse has successfully seen through the creation and implementation of timeless French Chateau style homes in both traditional and contemporary form. And while historic characteristics and accuracy matter immensely to Jesse, exploration of a wide range of inspirations have lead Jesse to develop a gravitation towards the use of art-deco details that offer a unique flair that runs through his work in this stylistic category. An example of this is stepped window trims and smooth faced limestone panels. Some of Jesse’s favorite examples of structures that embody the character of this design style include specific wings of the Palace of Versailles, as well as the Supreme Court Building in Ottawa, and the Oiron Chateau in France.