#PellaView: Contemporary Home with a Classic Gambrel Roof

Nothing evokes the classic charm of the countryside like the symmetrical, two-sided gambrel roof. Often referred to as a Dutch roof, the gambrel roof takes its name from “gamba,” the Medieval Latin word for “horse’s leg,” due to its two-sloped shape. Although the style is typically associated with traditional architecture, the iconic silhouette remains a popular choice of builders across the country.

Mike Schaap Builders in Michigan recently paired the gambrel roof with contemporary design elements to bring traditional style into the 21st century. The roof’s dramatic pitch allowed the custom builders to create high, impressive ceilings on the upper floor. Expansive windows, thin profiles, and a cedar and beech wood exterior also add to the home’s stately yet modern presence.

One of the home’s most striking features is the wall of Pella® windows. Filling the house with natural light, Pella windows bring the beautiful outdoors in. Made of pine with a vanilla cream finish, these contemporary windows also add drama by accentuating the gambrel roof’s wide-open, arched elegance. 

While early examples of the gambrel roof, such as the Peter Tufts House in Medford, Massachusetts, date as far back as the 1670s, modern updates like statement-making windows are sure to keep this style popular for years to come.

Make a statement with the addition of Pella windows. Set up a consultation with your local showroom today. 


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A self-proclaimed Social Media Geek and DIY aficionado, Nicolle is a member of the Pella Marketing team, focused on content creation and curation. In her free time she can be found pillaging thrift shops for furniture projects, attempting to rationalize with her 4 year old daughter, and editing her husband’s honey-do list.