Homeowners usually have a good idea of what they’d like for their houses’ interiors concerning square footage, number of bedrooms and baths, and style. But the form of the roof can be hard to visualize.
The roofing is a intricate element and may involve an engineer to ascertain end load and structural supports, and also a trained designer to balance the complexities of its attractiveness and function. These pictures illustrate 8 common roof types and a few ways architects are adding to each style.
Frederick + Frederick Architects
Hip roof. Usually symmetrical with the roof sloping on all sides, a hip roof is quite strong, due to the complex framing and the distribution of the roof overhang.
Adding Interest: Hip roofs are most striking when they are layered in different heights and if dormers are inserted.
Shed roof. This is the simplest and most economical form of roof construction, in which the roof slopes down from one side of the house to the other hand.
Adding interest: Exposed rafters add appeal to the shed roof with this waterfront property.
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Gable roof. A gable roof is essentially a shed roof with two slopes. In this instance, the architect expanded the form of the roof to produce a more expressive design, almost just like the bow of a boat.
Level roof. Possibly the most versatile form of roof layout. Flat roofs offer a clean, contemporary look and can be great solutions where height is restricted. Not recommended in areas with snow accumulates or heavy rainfalls.
Including Interest: In this case, some walls extend past the roof to produce more definition.
WA Design Architects
Curved roof. This contemporary roof style behaves like a shed roof. The advantage of curved roof is that the gentle spaces it can create inside the house.
Adding Interest: This curved roof breaks up what could be a huge roof spanning the whole house. Working with the design, the roofing cutouts also help define outdoor spaces.
Butterfly roof. Spectacular and contemporary, the butterfly roof generates high ceilings and superior views at the end of the house. Special drainage consideration is required for this kind of roofing, as water collects at the centre instead of around the perimeter.
Adding fascination : This case puts the facade off-centere and highlights the building’s elevation with vertical siding.
Joe Carrick Design – Custom Home Design
Mixed roofing forms. It requires a creative mind to make a composition such as this work. 3D modeling may be employed to visualize the house before finalizing.
Including interest: Here, a mixture of shed, gable, and even a domed roof mimics the rugged mountain profile nearby.
Environmental friendly roofs. Recycled materials, living plants, or solar paneling can be installed on roofs. Further structural support may be required if considering rooftop vegetation.
Adding Interest: The green roof of the lakefront house has become part of this view from the patio. Varying textures and colours of the plant blends using the sloping site.