Harbor Gambrel Stonington, CT

With its four intersecting gambrel roofs and extensive stone base, this new Shingle Style home at the head of Stonington Harbor has the appearance of a historic summerhouse. The interior is a departure from its traditional exterior. A two-story, light-filled atrium dining room is the centerpiece of the airy open plan. It is visually separated from the entertaining kitchen by a decorative built-in. On the second floor a library/office connects the bedroom suites, which are housed in the gambrels.

The gambrel roof is ideal for coastal homes because zoning laws often limit a building's height. The structure can be three to four inches lower than a suitably pitched gable roof. The gambrel is also efficient because it acts as both the roof and walls.