I seriously procrastinated writing this article, because I wasn’t sure I knew how to tell everyone that such a mundane thing like (insert yawn here) roofing shingles, might actually be better then you imagined. The more I hemmed, and then hawed, and then hemmed some more…I started to think about how maybe this story wasn’t in the telling, but more in the showing.
(Because who is really going to listen to me if I tell about the pros of, you know, shingles).
So, here’s a few examples that I think are extremely attractive…
For the quintessential Fairy Tale of cottage living there is….
Vermont quarried slate shingles (this might be the prototype for my gingerbread house next Christmas)
If I didn’t already have my eye on the cutest little greenhouse imaginable, this smart looking “Saltbox”, with cedar shake roofing, and clear poly stain with the dark red opening true lite windows, would be my number one choice.
Even though this building isn’t surrounded by summery landscaping, (which is all we really want to see this time of year), I still wanted to show this example – it’s beautiful paint choices and rustic surroundings are pulled together by this more old fashioned style of roofing. (Makes me want to camp out in there.)
If you are thinking about a building in the cottage living lifestyle, Domenic (the creator of this tiny house company), has certainly made it simpler to determine the specifics. Jamaica Cottage Shop’s easy to maneuver website has hundreds of examples, options, and ideas, on what the next step is. They have a very large lookbook of pics on their facebook page, and more, on their Pinterest boards. If you still aren’t sure what to choose, and would like some advice on how to make the best fit, he recommends, “Send a picture of the existing property and buildings to match so we can review the architecture”. Of course Jamaica Cottage Shop also has an in-house design team available every day during the week, just for you.
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