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New Commission | Laurel Hall | A Shingle Style Manor | Medina Heights
The shingle-style house is a culmination of architectural periods and vernaculars which began cropping up during the popular late 19th-century summer destinations such as Cape Cod, Newport, and Long Island. Massive stone masonry foundations anchored free-form two and three-story floors while continuous wood shingles wrapped walls and roofs. Expansive porches offer vacationers shaded areas for family life and socializing. While the unadorned style still finds its origins on the many
coastal regions of New England landscape and even here in the Northwest, it has taken hold in and around the San Juan’s and even inner urban areas like Seattle and Bellevue. The Shingle style is unquestionably one of my favorite types of homes to plan and design. Even though I still grapple in achieving symmetrical purity, the Shingle home, unlike a Palladian or Georgian style, has proven to be forgiving and is willing to embrace asymmetrical practicality. For a variety of reasons, it serves a purpose in function with no sacrifice to
aesthetics. Laurel Hall has an abundance of asymmetrical shingle-style ideas. This style lends itself well to a variety of silhouettes that translate into dramatic roof lines with repetitive dormers and bay windows. The gambrel roofs and shed dormers easily create an additional finished area for second-story terraces. First-floor porches tuck easily beneath the main roof lines and wrap these irregular footprints better than any other traditional architectural style.
New commission start date: [01/01/2022]
The ultimate slice of the southern California coastline. Site of an upcoming neoclassical masterpeice. Stay tuned.
An architect is only as good as the piece of land he’s given to work with. Eat your heart out, all other architects.