Blog July 13, 2012

To shingle or not to shingle?

The Shingle artchitectural style is singularly American and stands in contrast to the nineteenth-century Victorian houses of the same era. The New England school of architecture reacted against the ornamental Victorian revival styles and created a new design that is considered America’s first modern house.

Though it began on the East Coast, the style can be seen across America and especially in the Pacific Northwest and Great Lakes states. While towers, gables, and complex rooflines showcase some flourish, the Shingle style sets itself apart from its Victorian cousins with its streamlined appearance. The small size of the wood shingle made it possible for the architect to create spaces that flowed into each other in one continuous movement.

Better Homes and Gardens showcases a home built in the shingle style, demonstrating that the architectural design translates well in suburbs, cities, and seaside towns. Floor plans tend to be informal, making the style a favorite of homeowners setting out to create the ideal beach or vacation house. From Martha Stewart to Jennifer Lopez, the shingle style is definitely a staying trend. Check out pics of the American Idol judge’s new digs in the Hamptons.