Cedar Shingle Cottage

Storybook roofs and their cedar shingles 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.

A Seattle storybook house proudly wears new cedar shingles.

Over the past fifteen years, two homeowners have meticulously restored life to this historic house, and they invited Gelotte Hommas Drivdahl 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 fairytale 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 GHDA team went to work and found another expert contractor who was delighted to tackle our custom design for this Seattle roof.

A Seattle storybook house proudly wears new cedar shingles.

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.

Storybook roofs require honed craftsmanship.

GHDA 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!

Storybook roofs require honed craftsmanship.

While most homes we design don’t demand custom storybook roofs, this Seattle storybook house represents the happily ever after we strive for in every house. From researching historically accurate materials to enlisting the ideal contractor, we believe the art of architecture is in the details.

Gelotte Hommas Drivdahl Architecture is a dedicated custom home architecture firm that serves the Greater Seattle area and beyond. We specialize in designing luxury custom homes imbued with the art of architecture and uniquely suited to your lifestyle. Contact us to schedule a consultation.