Tudor house plans are inspired by building techniques from the medieval era. The Tudor Revival caught on in America during the 1920s and 1930s. Rustic and romantic, these charming homes feature steeply pitched roofs with prominent cross gables. The gable ends and sometimes the upper stories are embellished with decorative half-timbering (a pattern of wood beams set against a stucco surface) combined with walls of brick, stucco, or stone. The massive chimneys common in Tudor home plans are often made of patterned brick or stonework and capped with decorative chimney pots. Sunlight streams through tall windows arranged in groups of three or four, often with small diamond or rectangular panes. Tudor style house plans often feature a front entrance surmounted by a rounded Tudor arch, giving them a storybook appearance. Lovely in a wooded setting or one complemented by a traditional English garden, this roomy fairy-tale home is ideal for family life as well as entertaining.