February 1, 2013
Americana, Beauty, Real Estate
Americana, Architecture, Battle Creek, Design, Home Ownership, Michigan, Real Estate
One of my most favorite roof designs is the Gambrel roof. It typically refers to a sloped roof with two angles, very common in barns. The word derives from the Medieval Latin word Gamba which literally means ‘Horses Hock’ or ‘Horses Leg’. One can see this double angle influence in the roof slope.
Gambrel roof design with a porch.
When you research this design, it was first introduced to the Europeans when they first encountered the deign in Indonesia. the double sloped design often had a window at the end to allow the smoke from cooking fires to more easily escape the house. The design was brought to America through the colonialists, and it has become a popular traditional design all over the U.S.
The type of roof allows for the upper floors to remain roomy, including the attic, as well as allow water to flow off the roof. Many variations of the Gambrel roof have been designed over the year, including this one pictured here in Nashville, Michigan which has the addition of a additional smaller roof edge to repel rain water and snow.
To me the design is classic, and can conjure up so many memories of WWII era movies and other periods. The rood design is also commonly associated with barns, as it allows the added space in the loft for hay. It is perhaps the roomiest style of design in two story home designs. There are many of these style homes throughout Battle Creek, Michigan. It is part of Americana.
Gambrel roof designs help to maximize space in the upper attic or floors.
January 21, 2013
Beauty, Downtown Battle Creek, Seasons
Battle Creek, Michigan, Outdoors, Safety, Seasons, Snow, Winter
Last night and early this morning, lake effect snow began falling on Battle Creek and the surrounding area. Take a little extra time today when you travel around. Allow extra time for breaking at intersections, and be sure to not only remove snow from your windows, but also your break lights too so other drivers can see you stopping!
Snow fall in Battle Creek, Michigan
January 18, 2013
Beauty, Downtown Battle Creek, Parks & Venues
Animals, Battle Creek, Beauty, Fun, Parks, Seasons, Winter
I went over to the little park across from the hospital yesterday, and took a few photos of our feathered friends in the half frozen pond. Some were swimming, and others were standing on the thin sheet of ice. Looking at this photo, it seems a bit surreal to see the contrast.
Ducks on an icy pond in Battle Creek, Michigan.
January 12, 2013
Beauty, Parks & Venues, Places To Visit
Attractions, Battle Creek, Cool Places, Exhibits, Family, Outdoors, Zoo
Did you know that turtles have a house? As a Realtor in Battle Creek, I did not know this until I went to the Binder Park Zoo and checked out the turtle exhibits. Every seen a turtle house? Well here it is! Consider this another zoo moment:
The turtle house at the Binder Park zoo.