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4 Roof Plans That Can Make a House Distinct

There is no part of a house more telling than its roof. Just as a hair style can reveal a lot about a person's character, different roof plans determine a home's personality and architectural style.

Although a roof serves a very utilitarian purpose, mainly to shed water away from the structure, it can also be the most important element to a home's design and character.

Consider These 4 Roof Plans to Complement the Architectural Style of Your House:


  • Lean-to Roof: Consisting of a single surface, a lean-to roof is usually associated with a modern architectural style.
  • Gable Roof: The most popular of all roof styles, a gable roof has two surfaces with a peaked ridge, making it look like an upside-down letter V. The steeper the roof pitch, the more attic or living space created.
  • Hip Roof: A hipped roof slopes down on all four sides of a house and can look like a pyramid if all four sides are equal. This architectural style is usually found on small cottages and bungalows.
  • Gambrel Roof: Traditionally used on barns and agricultural buildings, a gambrel roof is similar to a gable roof but has a double slope on each side of the ridge. This extra slope adds additional head room in the attic space, presumably where a farmer would store more hay.

These four roof plans are the most commonly used in home construction and can be built with or without dormers. When designing your house, consider different roof plans as you try to create the style of home you prefer.

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