The Shed Roof - SLA's version of the Linear Shed Roof

Linear shed roof for Vashon Island home

Linear shed roof for Vashon Island home

Over the last decade we have had the challenge to design modern yet modest, cost-effective homes for our clients.  This led us to explore in more detail the various shapes and construction techniques to reduce cost and at the same time retain design delight and a Pacific Northwest modern style.  What came of that research was a linear shed roof typology.
Some examples of this construction method is shown in the following images.

Combination of linear sheds to form a courtyard

Combination of linear sheds to form a courtyard

Linear shed roof on house and adjacent garage

Linear shed roof on house and adjacent garage

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Beams supporting standard rafter framing

Beams supporting standard rafter framing

Refined over several iterations, it was most recently used on our Anacortes Project .  We stick to standard carpentry and a simple framing layouts to keep it cost effective while still providing a modern element. The roof needed to work with standard insulation and roofing materials, but at the same time have some delight and that PNW feel.

By laying out the homes in a linear fashion, we could bring in more light to the individual rooms.  The floor and roof framing are simple single span affairs with repeated layout.  Setting glulam beams along the parallel walls allowed for an expression of the structure and carried out the overhangs we needed.  We are able to single span the building with standard framing, then roof and insulate.  With a shallow pitch we could use standard shingles.  The higher sidewall allowed for accessory building spaces to be attached and still have light penetrating.  The high side of the roof opened up to capture uphill light for the home, while the low side frames the views.

Shed Roof set on Glulam Beams

Shed Roof set on Glulam Beams

Beams are set on top of the walls, sheathing keeps the beams in place.

Beams are set on top of the walls, sheathing keeps the beams in place.

Upper windows bring in light.
The simple roof still conveys a nice sense of drama with its overhangs.

The simple roof still conveys a nice sense of drama with its overhangs.

Taller walls allow for more light to enter the building on the uphill side

Taller walls allow for more light to enter the building on the uphill side

In the end, the modest budget buildings of the last decade have created for us and our clients an aesthetic that we have used successfully to produce dynamic, modern homes at a modest cost.

New Tile Patterns and Sizes!

We have been looking for new tile selections for various projects.  These from Surface Art in Seattle and Pental caught our eye.  The tile manufacturers are creating some wonderful new products.  The patterns are great, the colors are sophisticated and they come in very large format. 

Seattle Surface Art tile: New Zealand Plank.  We will try using this for our entry hall at the North Idaho cabin project.

Seattle Surface Art tile: New Zealand Plank.  We will try using this for our entry hall at the North Idaho cabin project.

This Surface Art tile, Sediments will be used at our Anacortes project.  It will look great!

This Surface Art tile, Sediments will be used at our Anacortes project.  It will look great!

A darker version of the Sediments tile.  This one is great.  We are surrounding a fireplace with this tile. 

A darker version of the Sediments tile.  This one is great.  We are surrounding a fireplace with this tile. 

Some, like the WOW tile from Pental are show stoppers.  We are excited to be using these in our projects.

This is a wonderful Pental accent tile called WOW.  No location yet on a project but we are excited for the possibilities.

This is a wonderful Pental accent tile called WOW.  No location yet on a project but we are excited for the possibilities.

We will post photos of the finished installations when they are done!

Some Beautifully Proportioned Homes

My wife and I ran across some beautifully proportioned homes in Missoula, Montana recently.  They were such a pleasure to see and made our walk more rewarding.  The architects and builders of these homes spent extra effort making sure everything looked just right.  Proportioning the walls to the windows to the doors to the roof is a process of refinement.  And these were well refined!

The current owners have kept them looking beautiful.  Their landscaping sets them off beautifully.

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It is a delight to see some of these wonderful places when out for a walk.  Here is hoping for great architecture everywhere!

Exterior Color Selection

Building exteriors are important not only to you personally but for the larger community.  Some consistency in building colors makes for a more cohesive place.  Santorini is a beautiful town marked by its whitewashed buildings.  The common use of the whitewash helps create cohesiveness as well as keeping the buildings cooler.

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In Paris there is a sense of consistency with the warm ochre of the buildings along the street.  The color makes the place more uniform and cohesive.

Here in the northwest we often have a backdrop of dark forest.  We have become advocates for somewhat darker colors for buildings to help blend with the forest backdrop especially if the building is around a treed area.    

   

When selecting colors, we try to work with what colors are nearby. 

Here we are checking colors against the existing shore pine bark.  There were several on the site.  The warmer color of the beach pebbles shifted the palate a little.

Applying large swaths of several colors and comparing them to the value of the opposite shore convinced us to darken the building color.

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Here the building blends well with the surrounding landscape.