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ROOF DORMER TYPES - Photo Guide
ROOFS & ARCHITECTURAL STYLES - Photo Guide
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SIDING EIFS & STUCCO
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SIDING TYPES, INSTALLATION, DEFECTS
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SIDING WOOD, FLASHING DETAILS
SIDING WOOD SHINGLE INSTALLATION
SOUND CONTROL in buildings
STAIN DIAGNOSIS on BUILDING EXTERIORS
STAIN DIAGNOSIS on BUILDING INTERIORS
STAIRS, RAILINGS, LANDINGS, RAMPS
STONE CLEANING METHODS
STONE VENEER WALLS
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STUCCO WALL METHODS & INSTALLATION
STUCCO PAINT FAILURES
SURFACE GRADING, SITE DRAINAGE
TRIM, EXTERIOR CHOICES, INSTALLATION
WALL CONSTRUCTION BARRIER vs CAVITY
WIND TURBINES & LIGHTNING
WINDOW TYPES, PHOTO GUIDE
WINDOWS & DOORS
How to recognize residential building roof shapes, roof architectural styles, building siding materials, window types and systems, and roof dormer shapes and architectural styles.
We also recognize that not every building fits a perfect textbook name or class, building are mixed, mashed, and sometimes. We describe clues that can help sort out combined style buildings. Page top sketch courtesy of Carson Dunlop Associates.
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One rapid means to tracking down the architectural style of a building is to look at the general building shape, starting with its roof. Using Field Guide to American Houses (see References) as a starting point, adding extensively from our own notes and photographs, we list below common roof forms and the architectural styles most likely to be associated with that roof design.
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Roof dormers as architectural features are described separately at Roof Dormer Types - Photo Guide. Readers should see ARCHITECTURE & BUILDING COMPONENT ID for illustrations of building architectural types shown below are provided courtesy of Carson Dunlop Associates.
Readers should see the additional photo and drawing guides to building architectural styles in the links listed at page top or at the "More Reading" links at the bottom of this article see ARCHITECTURE & BUILDING COMPONENT ID for illustrations of building architectural types, roof shapes, dormers, windows, and other architectural features.
Also see AGE of a BUILDING - how to determine where we illustrate many building styles, materials, and components, as well as individual building component links listed at the "More Reading" links at the bottom of this article .
At Field Guides to North American House Architecture we list (and you can buy at Amazon) books we have found particularly helpful in identifying architectural styles, including: as this more extensive list of architectural styles: Folk Houses, Native American Houses (U.S.), Pre-Railroad houses, National Architectural Styles (U.S.), Colonial Houses (1600-1820), Postmedieval English, Dutch Colonial, French Colonial, Spanish Colonial, Georgian, Adam, Early Classical Revival, Romantic Houses (1820-1880), Greek Revival style architecture, Gothic Revival style architecture, Italianate style architecture, Exotic Revivals style architecture, Octagon houses, Victorian style architecture Houses (1860-1900), Second Empire style architecture, Stick style architecture, Queen Anne style architecture, Shingle style architecture, Richardsonian Romanesque style architecture, Folk Victorian style architecture, Eclectic Houses (1880-1940), Anglo-American style architecture, English style architecture, and French Period Houses, Colonial Revival style architecture, Neoclassical style architecture, Tudor style architecture, Chateauesque style architecture, Beaux Arts style architecture, French Eclectic style architecture, Mediterranean Period Houses style architecture, Italian Renaissance style architecture, Mission style architecture, Spanish Eclectic style architecture, Monterey style architecture, Pueblo Revival style architecture, Modern Houses including Prairie style architecture, Craftsman style architecture, Modernistic style architecture, International style architecture, and American Houses Since 1940: Modern style architecture & Neoeclectic style architecture as well as unusual houses such as Mongolian Cloud (photo, Kuehn) houses and Underground Houses (photo, Roy).
See the page top sketch of basic roof shapes, courtesy of Carson Dunlop Associates.
See our photo-table guide to the Relation of Roof Form to Architectural Style above.
For a full list of roofing materials, including roof covering identification photos, (asphalt shingle, cement asbestos shingles, roll roofing, slate roofing, wood shingle roofs, wood shake roofs, etc), & identification photos as well as roof inspection, diagnosis, repair, see ROOFING DIAGNOSIS INSPECTION & REPAIR
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