My name is Jason and I like low sloped roofsThere I said it. A nice craftsman bungalow in Pasadena with its deep shade and exposed rafter tails, a deck house in Carlisle, MA with its expansive glass and exposed wood deck, or any Wright prairie style roof is what excites me. The expanse, the extension, the exposed rafter tails, they all excite me. It is what I think of when I think shelter.
'But you live in New England, what about the efficiency of the high sloped capes that allow for TWO! bedrooms with no extra foundation?' Or the snow shedding 12/12 roof? Yes, I understand their benefits, my rational mind KNOWING that they are better suited for the demands of an area where space is tight and snow load is a top design criteria. But it does not matter, I have a preference in what my eye likes. Capes and colonials are practical. They fit this place. But they evoke a sense of being housed. The elements are more important than the emotion of those inside. Small rooms, regular and rather small windows, placed per plan and not per experience lead to a style that is somewhat prison like. And don't get me started on 'simulated divided lites' and faux clapboard siding made of plastic. What are we doing????
It is not rational, but it is my preference. And knowing that, I can identify that it is indeed MY PREFERENCE and not an absolute right or wrong. And the whole point here is that there is no right or wrong (unless you are an engineer, in which case, yes, there is a right and wrong solution based on calculations enjoy living in an insulated lifeless cooler!). But your home is more than calculations. Your home should evoke your thoughts, your dreams, your style. This is not always compatible with vernacular. And, if you have the ability to make your world what you want, you should not be limited to vernacular. Unless that is what turns your crank, you should not be ashamed to admit you like mid century, or Victorian, or colonial. It is your home. The shell you are going to spend your life in, you should start with a shell that reflects you.
Right and wrong for a neighborhood is fascist. Being happy in your domicile and expressing that happiness in the care of your home and the face you present to the street is neighborly. If you are of the belief that your home is your castle and you want your castle to be yours, I want to work with you. I want to help you make your home YOURS. It is the only person who matters as long as you are considerate (read, no neon colored paint) and respectful of the scale, you should have what you desire within your budget.
He steps off his soap box and wishes you well!