When it comes to house design and plans, I am constantly snapping photos, tearing pages out of magazines and collecting images on Pinterest and Houzz. Needless to say, I am all over the place and feel the need to pull it all together. Here are my favorites, in a number of categories.
HOUSE EXTERIOR SIDING
We like the idea of dipping the cedar shakes before putting them on the house, a technique Rob Wadsworth uses. I will have to check with him to see if it wears well. We want low maintenance. This house is a good example of overall design as there is a shed dormer that has a spring line that is equal to the top of the ridge. See more on roof pitch below.
I prefer a roof with a little more pitch than shown above. I would like a seemless roofline that does not have a change in pitch and covers the porch – all of these considerations for snow load.
In this photo the shed dormer starts at the ridge line and the roof has one consistent pitch all the way out and over the front porch. This seems to make the most sense for snow load. I do with the roof it this image had a greater pitch.
In the photo above, I am most interested in the building in the backgroud, with the porch. I like the pitch of the roof and how it is is a consistent slope right over the porch. If you put the shed dormer, from the building in the foreground, and put it on the building with the porch, you would have the house I want to build.
I like the pitch of the roof and how the dormer starts at the top of the ridge. I also like how it is a continuous dormer instead of two.
Sometimes what you are looking for is right in front of your eyes. Less than a mile from the lake house is the Whitingham School House. No longer used but still set up exactly as it was when used as a school.