The gambrel roof, with its characteristic double slope was especially popular among the Dutch and German immigrants to the New World and is sometimes referred to as Dutch Colonial home style. The gambrel roof has the advantage of providing much more space in the attic, allowing this part of the Dutch Colonial home to be used for more than simply storage. Typically the gambrel roof house was built of timber framing throughout. But occassionally examples may be found built in stone, especially in Pennsylvania.
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Dutch Colonial Home Plan

Coleman Dutch Colonial Home - late 1700s

A spacious family home with a traditional gambrel roof
$56 - 9 Sheets measuring 18" x 24"
Ext. Dimensions apx. 28' x 52'
2+ Stories, 4+ Bedrooms, 3+ baths
Built in the late 1700s, Nantucket, Massachusetts
Drawings prepared by HABS in 1966

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The Coleman Residence - late 1700s

The gambrel roof, with its characteristic double slope, immediately evokes early American country ways. Most common with the less formal examples of colonial house it is often combined with other roof forms. In the Coleman house of Nantucket, Massachusetts it is paired with a wing that has an asymmetrical gable. The gambrel roof, of course, was intended to provide more headroom in the attic, which it does particularly well.

As a work of art these prints are worth purchasing in their own right. For those of you interested in building a historically inspired house, these plans offer an excellent starting point. At 2 stories plus an attic and basement there are plenty of possibilities for adaptation. The principal, first floor, can easily accommodate a Living Room, Dining Room, eat-in Kitchen and the extension in the back could fit a bedroom and bath. It is always convenient to have one bedroom on the main level. The second floor has room for 3 or possibly 4 bedrooms. The gambrel roofed attic is nearly as large as the second floor and could simply be left open, to serve as a play room, entertainment room, place for children�s sleepover parties. Although ideal for a flat site, these plans would also work on a moderately sloping one. This relatively narrow house could fit on many city lots. But it would be most comfortable in a suburban or country setting. Including porches, the main house has outside dimensions of approximately 28�x52�.

  • Building name:     Coleman Residence
  • Designer/Architect:      Richard Coleman

  • Date of construction:      late 1700s

  • Location:      Nantucket, Massachusetts

  • Style:      Gambrel Roof - Dutch Colonial Style
  • Number of sheets:      9 sheets measuring 18� x 24�
Sheet List
  • Cover Sheet, Information, Site Plan

  • First Floor Plan, 1/4� = 1�-0�

  • Second Floor Plan, 1/4� = 1�-0�

  • Attic Plans, 1/4� = 1�-0�

  • 3 Sheets, Elevations, 1/4� = 1�-0�

  • Building Section, 1/4� = 1�-0�

  • Timber Framing and Fireplace Details, various scales

The prints you are purchasing are crisp, high resolution black line copies on white bond paper. The original drawings were beautifully delineated in 1966, by the Historic American Building Survey.

Please view my other plans for more Dutch Colonial house plans and for a large variety of house plans in many other styles as well.

SHIPPING: Your drawings are shipped to you, by US Postal Service, rolled, not folded, in a Priority Mail tube.

IF YOU ARE PLANNING TO BUILD: These plans are NOT complete architectural drawings as might be required by your local permitting agency and do not contain all the structural, waterproofing and other details and information necessary for construction. But your local builder or architect should be able to adapt these drawings and add to them as necessary. What they do provide is accurate design information about a REAL Dutch Colonial home, not a pseudo-Dutch colonial tract house as you will find in the house plan magazines on your supermarket shelf. (GA005)

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