Saltbox houses like to hit both slopes: steep and gentle
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Originating in the New England region of the United States, a saltbox house has a roof with two distinct pitches, one steep and one gentle. Typically the chimney is set in the very center of the peak of the steeper roof. This is usually the two-story section of the house, featuring windows set into the gable. The more gradual roofline generally tops a one-story addition, which often resembles a lean-to.
Historically, these homes started life as two-story gable-roof houses. Homeowners added a lean-to addition when more room was needed, resulting in the different roof pitches.
The design started out simple, but became more elaborate over the years. In this case, a shed dormer, a cupola and a cross-gabled roof adorn this saltbox barn.
Even when the home isn't historic, a chimney set in the middle of a saltbox roof is a common New England design.