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A Shingle Style Post And Beam Gets Underway

A Shingle Style Post and Beam Gets Underway

It’s not every day you hear the phrases “shingle style” and post and beam” in the same sentence, but in this case, they can’t possibly be separated. A new project by our very own Jeffrey Rosen is currently underway in East Hampton, NY. This time it’s Jeff’s version of the wonderful turn-of-the-century style best exemplified by the firms McKim, Mead and White and Peabody and Stearns during the late 1800’s. Then, the very well-to-do desired “seaside cottages” in the small towns of the New England coast, so the architects mentioned above (plus a few other notables) designed those gorgeous (and sometimes grandiose) homes on the shores of southern New England (think Newport, RI). All you need do is Google the term Shingle Style to immediately recognize some of these mansions.

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An original Shingle Style “cottage” in Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA designed by architects Peabody and Stearns.


A Yankee Barn Post and Beam Shingle Style Home

Fast forward some one-hundred-thirty years and you find Jeffrey Rosen taking his cue from the masters of the past while adding his own 21st Century touches to create a shingle style post and beam for today in the hamlet of East Hampton, NY.  You will immediately recognize similarities between the two structures while also noting the more sensible size of Jeff”s version. Some of us enjoy large homes, however, they are measured in footage, not acreage! But the same overall principles apply; continuity of flow and space, inside and out, while also perceiving the structure as  a continuous form of mass and volume that works on a practical level. Primary to this principle is curb appeal; the home must be pleasing to the eye. These homes are designed to make our emotions long for them. The phrase “imagine living here” is often thought or spoken when viewing a Shingle Style home.

Today I’m going to show you what Jeff has been up to these past few months, then finish with a peak at what you’ll see if you check back in a few weeks time. This house is going to be fantastic!

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There are several hallmarks of the Shingle Style you will immediately see in this home. The first is the slight flair of the shingle line as it approaches the bottom skirt of both the first and second levels of the home.


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Another element is the Victorian style bay window. Long, not wide is the rule for this style, again using the slight flair at the bottom to finish. In the originals, casement windows were often (if not always) used.


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Windows are used in profusion in the Shingle Style, but not over-sized or massed together in the “wall of windows” technique. Shed dormers and ells are also employed, often with some unique characteristic to draw the eye.


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Out buildings, in this case the garage, also get in on the style. Also, please notice a primary rule in Shingle Style is to choose one (and only one) color and stay with it for every structure. It is a powerful tool in tying pieces together.


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Even the pool house gets in on the act.


A Preview Of The Post and Beam To Come

So, the pictures you have see thus far were taken in the early spring of this year. Much progress has been made in the intervening months and the house’s exterior has really come into it’s own over the course of the summer. A sneak peek is in order here to “whet your appetite” for things to come. Take a look at where the house is today.

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If you would like more information about Yankee Barn Home options, you can explore our floor plan options, call and talk to one of our design consultants at 800-258-9786 or fill out this short online form.



This Post Has 2 Comments
  1. Beambabe,
    When do we get to see the floor plan of this shingled beauty?
    I am taken with this concept and looking for further information regarding your thought process in design and development of something along the same lines as what you’re showing here. I’m not ready to build this minute, but in the very near future I wouldn’t mind building something along the lines of this shingle home your web site is showing.
    That brings up the point of your web site—THE BEST!!!! Sure knocked my socks off.
    Please respond

    Best regards,


    1. Hi Dan,
      I’ll get right on having the floor plans adapted for our blog. Shouldn’t take more than a few days, depending on how backed up the guys in Tech are. Sometimes I have to wait a bit if they’re swamped, but they are super about getting things done.
      So glad you like the house – gorgeous, isn’t it????

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