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Normandy House Styles
Half-timbering and towers

French Normandy House Style

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Normandy, on the English Channel, is a somewhat rural and agricultural area of France. Some French style homes borrow ideas from the Normandy region, where barns were attached to the living quarters. Grain was stored in a central turret or silo. The Norman Cottage is a cozy and romantic style that features a small round tower topped by a cone-shaped roof. Other Normandy homes resemble miniature castles with arched doorways set in imposing towers.

Like Tudor style houses, 20th-century French Normandy homes may have decorative half-timbering. Unlike Tudor style homes, however, houses influenced by French styles do not have a dominant front gable.

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