A Manor House Features An Elegant Roof

To say this house shows Tudor architecture falls many notches short of the mark. 

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Rather than a living room, it has a great hall wrapped 9-feet high with carved oak.(Photo: Kathleen Galligan, Detroit Free Press)Buy Photo

To say this house shows Tudor architecture falls many notches short of the mark.

This house is “true English Tudor,” said the owner, who researched and built it 20 years ago. That goes from the stone parapet walls on its roof gables to its massive elaborate chimneys. But it’s inside that you are especially struck by the ways it evokes an old English manor house.

Rather than a living room, it has a great hall wrapped 9-feet high with carved oak. A carved granite fireplace is two stories tall. The ceiling soars to 2½ stories with the distinctive arching supports called hammer trusses. These were milled for the project from 150-year-old wood.

A balcony looks into this space, but not just any balcony. Its face is paneled with oak and carved with Gothic peaks and flourishes. It could be the choir loft in a Medieval church.

In the kitchen, the ceiling drops to one story. In an old manor house, only servants would come here, so there’s no call for soaring. The beams in the ceiling are rough and hand-hewn, also 150 years old.

The kitchen floor is stone; in this case, slabs of New York bluestone. It continues from the kitchen through the long great room, and the informal dining and family room. The cooking wall at one end of the great room and the fireplace wall at the opposite end both are  aced with stone. Northville manor house features many Tudor-like touches