A Collection of Gambrels
Over the past several months, many gambrel roof gables have sprung from our “drawing boards”. In fact one of our house projects, all on its own, contributes eight full gables to the count (it’s a good-sized house).
The design of a gambrel roof involves the keeping of a ticklish balance. Too narrow and it looks like a weird-hybrid-mansard; too wide and it may look like a DOT highway building. Window heads at dormers, tops of wall plates and ceiling heights are factors in the equation, as well. But when the balance that’s struck is just right, the gambrel appears as a timeless stalwart of vernacular New England architecture.
I believe we are striking the right balance in our gambrel roof designs, mainly due to the number of prospective clients who have come to us requesting them. I will post progress photos as the construction of our gambrel collection picks up in the coming months. Meanwhile, below are some computer model images from the schematic design phases of two such projects that employ gambrel roofs on shingle style houses. One is in Old Lyme, CT (construction has commenced) and the other is in Clinton, CT (construction won’t begin for some months).
The Clinton house is currently an existing 1950’s ranch house. We are making another dramatic transformation, a la our Turkey Hill South project! Other current projects with gambrels are in Old Saybrook, CT and Osterville, MA.
Below is a “before” picture of the Clinton house. It is one of our field survey photos. It showcases the stone veneer wall, which will remain intact, and so helps to register the “after” image and give an idea of what is there now.