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Hip roof. Usually symmetrical with the roof sloping on all sides, a hip roof is quite strong, due to the complex framing and the even distribution of the roof overhang.
Adding Interest: Hip roofs are most dramatic when they are layered in different heights and when dormers are added.
Shed roof. This is the simplest and most economical form of roof construction, in which the roof slopes down from one side of the house to the opposite side.
Adding interest: Exposed rafters add appeal to the shed roof on this waterfront home.
Flat roof. Probably the most versatile form of roof design. Flat roofs offer a clean, modern look and can be great solutions where height is restricted. Not recommended in areas with heavy rainfalls or snow accumulates.
Adding Interest: In this example, some walls extend beyond the roof to create more definition.
Curved roof. This contemporary roof style behaves much like a shed roof. The benefit of curved roof is the gentle spaces it can create inside the home.
Adding Interest: This curved roof breaks up what would be a massive roof spanning the entire house. Working with the plan, the roof cutouts also help define outdoor spaces.
Butterfly roof. Dramatic and modern, the butterfly roof creates high ceilings and superior views at either end of the house. Special drainage consideration is required for this type of roof, as water collects at the center instead of around the perimeter.
Adding interest: This example places the facade off-centere and emphasizes the building's height with vertical siding.
Mixed roof forms. It takes a creative mind to make a composition like this work. 3D modeling may be used to visualize the house before finalizing.
Adding interest: Here, a mix of shed, gable, and even a domed roof mimics the rugged mountain profile nearby.
Environmental friendly roofs. Recycled materials, living plants, or solar paneling can be installed on existing roofs. Additional structural support may be needed when considering rooftop vegetation.
Adding Interest: The green roof of this lakefront house has become part of the view from the patio. Varying textures and colors of the vegetation blends with the sloping site.