Friday, July 16, 2010

A Hidden Gem

What a find! The butterfly roof is a signature element of mid-century house design. This beauty is hidden away in north Georgia.

  • A butterfly roof is formed by two adjacent gables sloping inward toward the middle, so that they dip to create a central valley. The eaves on the exterior of the roof are atypical to most roof designs because they angle upward rather than downward, which is normal in most traditional housing. The design of a butterfly roof is meant to resemble the lines, angles and wingspan of a butterfly when they are flapping in an upward motion. Butterfly roofs can be of varied angle gradations and may not be of identical length or angle on each gable. Some butterfly roofs, in fact, may only have one gable that slopes in either direction.

  • Read more: What is a Butterfly Roof? |

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