To Create a Clean Roofline, Design from the Roof Down
Design/Build: As the McMansion dwindles in popularity, simpler rooflines are back in fashion.
The Age of the McMansion is fading, and with it, its signature design element—the complex roofline. With the resurgence of walkable neighborhoods, rooflines have been given permission to calm down. When you travel through tree-lined streets on foot or in a slow-moving car, the first elements of the home that you see are on the ground floor. So the preference is to spend money there, where you can touch and feel the results, rather than on the roof, where there is no value added to the living experience.
McMansions are designed from the floor plan up. Only once the design is locked in is the roofline considered. The result is a footprint that is difficult to cover, forcing the roof to conceal a poorly planned design.
To achieve a clean roofline, design your home from the roof down. Before spending any amount of time on the floor plan, set…