Storybook roofs are special beasts. Their gables, eaves, and slopes offer incomparable character, and storybook roofs are easily the most recognizable in the neighborhood. However, the very features that add so much personality to the home also pose a unique challenge when it comes time to reroof.
So learned two Seattle homeowners.
Over the past fifteen years, two homeowners have meticulously restored life to a historic storybook house, and they invited Gelotte Hommas Architecture to join them along the journey.
Hansel and Gretel roofs possess quintessential old world charm, and they transport visitors to an age of fairy tale whimsy and innocence. In this instance, however, the roof had fallen into disrepair. The initial bid these owners received from the go-to storybook roofing contractor was far in excess of what this couple hoped to spend, so the GHA team went to work and found another expert contractor who was delighted to tackle our custom design for this Seattle roof.
Cedar shingles were the natural, historically appropriate material choice for this roof restoration. Cedar shingles age well, and with a dark stain, they complement this home’s earthy tones and bring contrast to the red window casings.
The roof installation demanded attention to detail and artisan workmanship. Our contractor seam-bent each cedar shingle to fit the contours of the roof and layered the patterned shingles to evoke maximum charm.
GHA competed the roof design with a glint of magic: copper flecking on the gables.
In the end, the new roof felt like an original feature, perfectly fit for this historic Seattle home!