Obsessing over a roof

7.21.14  We met with our builder last week and my idea of having the gable end facing the lake was all wrong.  The long side of the lakehouse (31 ft) faces the lake and the short side (24 ft) faces the neighbor and drive.  Thus, the gable ends need to face the neighbors and drive.  I had hoped to have a straight roofline with no dormers to avoid snow build up, leaking and all that fun stuff.

see how the gable end allows us to have a mster bdrm window overlooking the lake, without a dormer?

see how the gable end allows us to have a mster bdrm window overlooking the lake, without a dormer?

This is going to be a small home, about 1500 sq ft so we really have to figure out how to best use our space.  And having the living room open to the porch and the kitchen look out at lake sounds like a nice layout, but need the 31 ft on the lakeside to achieve this.  So now I am thinking shed dormer because I think the snow build up and leaks will be minimal with a shed.

This place is too large but those are shed dormers above the garage

This place is too large but those are shed dormers above the garage

In this example you can see how the shed dormer would look with a porch

In this example you can see how the shed dormer would look with a porch

This house is about 1500 sq ft

This house is about 1500 sq ft

shed dormer4

shed dormer5

shed dormer6

At least half of our porch will be screened in - bugs!

At least half of our porch will be screened in – bugs!

shed dormer8

I like cedar shakes for an exterior.  Dip before putting up so they don't need stain or paint for as long as we live

I like cedar shakes for an exterior. Dip before putting up so they don’t need stain or paint for as long as we live

Now I just have to find a good house plan.

On a trip to Killington I found this house near Echo Lake and snapped a few shots.

Front porch, shed dormer.  Much bigger than we are planning

Front porch, shed dormer. Much bigger than we are planning

abnew house2

abnew house

I went skiing at Haystack on 3/1/2015 and snapped this photo of a house they are building.

hermitage

I like how it is one dormer vs two.  But I think the roof over the porch could be a problem with snow load.  Some of the other ones, shown above incorporate the roof over the porch, not as an after thought.

I saw this house in Newfane - notice the shed dormer

I saw this house in Newfane – notice the shed dormer

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What I like about the dormer above is it starts at the peak of the roof and it spans across instead of having 2 or 3 dormers.

 

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