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We are drawn to homes that have a strong connection to classical, traditional architecture, with careful attention to proportion and materials. While we have a preference for symmetry, we would be open to a well balanced, asymmetrical design as well. (I find myself charmed by the small tudor revival homes of the 1920's and 30's, with their steeply pitched roofs and cross gables.) We are strongly drawn to the classic, seaside shingle style homes of New England - our research has shown that a high quality, Alaskan Yellow Cedar/Cypress shingle can last 40 to 50 years with little or no maintenance which is very important to us. However, we are open to exploring other options, although admittedly we are not keen on the idea of having to repaint a home on a regular basis. We find we prefer the clean lines of homes without eaves, although we don't know if this is advisable in our rainy climate. (However, our property does sit in a rain shadow, so may not be as much of a factor.) We love steeply pitched roofs, cross gables and shed dormers. We really want a one and a half story home, rather than a two story home.