Let’s talk about hats.
All hats have one thing in common: they protect heads.
A firefighter's hat is hard, to protect against falling objects. The very wide brim is worn on the back of the head to divert water away from the first responder's head and onto the back of a rubber coat. The front has no brim to maximize vision.
A baseball cap, on the other hand, sports a wide brim on the front to shade the eyes from summer sun.
And a classic Stetson does it all. The deep front brim shades the eyes; the smaller rear brim sheds water on the back. The side brims turn up to shed the elements toward the back, and are the smallest brim, enabling optimal hearing.
So it is with roof overhangs; brimming with purpose.
Roof overhangs protect the body of a house from falling rain and snow in wet climates, reducing maintenance by keeping the exterior walls clean and dry.
Properly positioned and proportioned overhangs shade window walls. Ideally, they let the sun in on south and west elevations during the winter but are deep enough to keep the burning summer sun out during those times of the year when the sun is highest in the sky. And frankly, they serve little purpose in that regard on the north side of a building where the direct sun never shines.
Deep overhangs can transform decks into all-weather porches or provide cover under which guests can wait for you to greet them at the door.
As the above suggests, the proper location and depth of roof (and floor) overhangs on any house is site and function-dependent. The flexible Lindal building system enables us to vary the depth of overhangs based on the climate, the path of the sun, and function. The overhangs on any house may vary from area to area, adding architectural interest at the same time as providing protection. In contrast, modular pre-fabs typically have very small or no overhangs (highway width restrictions) or add on overhangs that are limited in use and scale.
Lindal overhangs follow the pitch of a roof from flat to very steep. Like the ceilings on the interior, we often extend the wood liner through the window walls to the exterior, adding beauty and enhancing the sense of transparency to the natural environment. This effect is furthered by the fact that the post and beam system enables the glass to hug the underside of the roof.
At Lindal and warmmodern living, overhangs are brimming with purpose.