The Exterior Design of a Roof
The shape of the foundation for a structure might restrict some roofing choices. But if a roof is planned before construction begins, the house can have a cohesive design from top to bottom. For example:
If you want to build a modern house, you might consider a Lean-To Roof design and plan where the roof will peak in relation to room placement on the floor plan.
If you want to built a barn, a Gambrel Roof will give the structure a traditional look. The roof design you decide upon will also give you an idea of how the foundation of the structure should be shaped.
The Interior Design of a Roof
A roof is not always just seen from the outside! Sometimes beams are left exposed on the interior to add to a design.
Beams can be arranged in simplistic or artistic ways. Beam arrangement can be a subtle accent to a room's design or it can be the main focal point. Either way, if the beams are arranged in an architecturally sound manner, it will be more pleasing to the eyes.
The image to the left shows some traditional beam structures depending on roof style. Some styles are more restrictive, such as arrangement for an exposed flat roof. But if you are designing a peaked roof, there are multiple ideas for arrangements.
Alternative Roof Materials
Who says we just have to use wooden shingles to top our houses? There are a ton of choices readily available that can fit with multiple designs!
One option is to go Green with your roofing. A green roof is a nice choice if you don't fancy living in a Halfling Hole but still love the idea of being close to nature. It can help keep your home cool in the hot Norrathian summers too :)
Another option is to go for metal. A metal roof might be the perfect material for a Tinkered hide-a-way! Maybe you have a large supply of glass tiles and decide a house full of skylights is just for you!
Functional Roof Design
Maybe instead of just a roof over head you would like to add a space for fun?
Depending on how large your space is, if you have a flat top roof, you might consider some of these roof-top ideas:
a pool and spa area
a kitchenette and dining patio
a tiki bar
a tranquil garden
Here's just a few of the awesome roofing creations we've seen in game. From gables to turrets, these decorators are amazing!