Before & After: A Tudor-style Heritage House Gets A Modern Facelift

Designer Charlie Coull helped a young couple transform their dated home into a modern oasis. See how they preserved the home’s original Tudor-style features, like the historic staircase and cast stone mantel. You’ll love how they infused classic features throughout, like the white and grey checkerboard floors in the foyer, retro patterned floor tile in the kitchen and a vintage-style chandelier in the living room. Meanwhile, modern updates like custom arched built-ins in the living room, a gorgeous kitchen banquette and built-in coffee and bar stations are perfect for entertaining.

Design, Charlie Coull Interior Design,

Thumbnail Photography by Valerie Wilcox,


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27 Replies to “Before & After: A Tudor-style Heritage House Gets A Modern Facelift”

  1. This is called showcasing a lot of books?

  2. The previous home was really ugly by todays standards yet the narrator/designer was very gracious about it in her commentary.

  3. Hmm The only thing I like in this home is the kitchen tiled floor. It is a very cold house to me.

  4. I don't know about this one. It seems like the house has lost its charm somehow. They make everything new and become generic like any other houses today.

  5. Great job! Bravo! Lovely result, nice that you went on and made some of the banquette cushions twins with the kitchen floor 😄😄👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽🤩👌🏽✨

  6. the fireplace…mantle needs flowers with brass stand…

  7. “…To feature a lot of books”.. what? There were no books but a few that were placed for decoration only, which is a major faux pas. Gray does not warm up a space, but “graige” does. This is not a historic house, it looks like McMansion from the suburbs of the 90s.

  8. This Reno missed most of the important elements of the home. You can update and create a newer feel while being respectful of the home. Many British designers do it perfectly. The tile in the front hall is awful. The former dining room with a shiplap corner fireplace is straight out of the 70’s. The kitchen with bistro shelves look very cheap. Most of the soft furniture looks very inexpensive, a few antiques layered in each room along with modern B&B style sofa’s would have created a much more sophisticated update.

  9. Designers need to learn to respect the character of a home instead of copy-and-pasting whatever the current trends are into a space. I was happy to see the designer did this, even if only in some places. The wood shiplap to "warm it up" in the dining room was a missed opportunity since English wood paneling is a trademark of this architectural style. The modern white kitchen looks nice but feels out of place. This kitchen should have been more traditional to match the character of the home. Instead of a modern island put a rustic wood table for prep work. Hang copper cookware, use exposed plate racks, and a French gas stove would look less dated in a decade and feel like it's always been there. It's possible to respect the Tudor style while also making it beautiful, functional, and contemporary. Why do many people act like it's not? I appreciate the good choices the designer has made, but I think there were some missed opportunities.

  10. Love everything but the floor tile in kitchen and small bath, not complimentary to a Tudor home style, more farm house

  11. Definitely a beautiful home. I just feel that the living room walls would have been nicer with some color or at least some colorful artwork.

  12. From the photos shown, the kitchen makes absolutely no sense. Overall, the house shown here is uninspired.

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