How to Identify Shingle Style Architecture
Intimate or rambling, in the coast or by the sea, Shingle homes are seeing a revival. Has your home joined in?
What do so many of us find so alluring about a wood shingle? It could be that it is one of the simplest finish materials possible. Wood is an accessible and renewable resource that adjusts to several climates and can be shaped and applied in numerous ways. With age it softens in color, even when painted, and crinkles, emphasizing its organic relationship with us.
Taylor Lombardo Architects, original photo on Houzz
Features of Shingle-Style Homes
Evens Architects, original photo on Houzz
Large first-floor porches. Fast-forward 25 years to the beginning of the 21st century and visit this new California interpretation. "Shingle revival" best describes this once-again popular theme. In contrast to its ancestors and not evident in this photo, this house sits on a tight urban beachfront yet suits its location well. Large first-floor porches and the tower element hugging the main body of the house are common to the style.
Ron Brenner Architects, original photo on Houzz
Strong rooflines. Roof shapes of the Shingle style vary dramatically from one example to another but always dominate the impression of the house. Gable, hip, gambrel and shed roofs and dormers can all be found on Shingle-style homes; in many cases they can even be combined on one house.
Ekman Design Studio, original photo on Houzz
Palladian windows. In this new house, the Palladian window theme is set into two key positions on its elevation, establishing focal points for the complex arrangement of its elements. Classical details were not always found in the style, but when included they were similar to those found in colonial revivals of the same era.
Steven Laurin & Company, original photo on Houzz
Rambling forms. This new Rhode Island house rests in the Shingle style’s native setting with ease. Original designs emphasized open floor plans and continue to be well suited for modern life, perhaps lending to the current popularity of this style.
Stone details. Though many originals were mostly shingle clad, some combined shingles with stone.
Witt Construction, original photo on Houzz
An intimate scale. Evident in this modest house is the ease of translating the theme to an intimate scale.