A Spiffy Tudalow

Tudor Revival bungalow in Vollintine/Evergreen.

| June 11, 2009

A smattering of brick thrown together with half-timbering creates the picturesque suggestion of time-honored age. This was the basis of the popularity of the Tudor Revival in America in the 1920s and 1930s. The Tudor look was grafted onto various floor plans, including the popular bungalow, which is exactly what happened here.

This house sits on University Circle, just north of the athletic fields at Rhodes College. It is graced with some of the common features of Midtown that are quite desirable: narrow-board oak floors, nine-foot ceilings, and plaster walls. Sadly, the ceilings had been previously blown with texture, but the current renovation has restored all these to a smooth finish.

The kitchen and breakfast room were combined in the recent redo to make a more space for working and entertaining. The cabinets have been arranged to create a large "U" of counter space that includes a breakfast bar. The fourth wall holds the built-in refrigerator and additional storage. The original butler's pantry with its glass-fronted upper cabinets was retained and is now the perfect buffet for a party.

The third major change was the reclamation of the rear utility room. It was originally a few steps down from the main floor and held the furnace and water heater. Fortunately, there was sufficient headroom to raise this floor flush with the ground floor, and by relocating the mechanical systems, a very spacious laundry room was created that could easily accommodate a second refrigerator, a freezer, and additional counter space.

The three bedrooms and bath occupy one side of the house, as is typical in bungalows, with the master bedroom usually to the rear or in the middle.

The front room here opens through French doors onto a large covered porch that is separated from the Rhodes campus by a small park. The porch and park make this room perfect for a den with outdoor overflow space adjacent. Or it could be a wonderful master bedroom, particularly if the porch had vine-covered trellises to further buffer it.

The floor plan has been improved considerably in the recent renovation, and both the interior and exterior are freshly redone.

The bungalow plan has certainly stood the test of time as an eminently livable layout, and the exterior Tudor detailing makes this one spiffy Tudalow. •

2128 University Circle

Approximately 1,570 sq. ft.

3 bedrooms, 1 bath; $164,500

Realtor: Hobson Co., 761-1622

Agent: Stephanie Evans Taylor, 487-7452

Open Sunday, June 14th, 2 to 4 p.m.

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