Design snapshot: Board-and-batten gable-end

I’m always looking for inspiring exterior gable-end treatments. It’s the board-and-batten siding that initially drew me to this one. Board-and-batten siding harks back to Norway and Sweden and is often spotted in New England on agricultural and Stick-and-Shingle style buildings.

Subtle moves, like increasing the spacing of the upper gable battens from the batten spacing below the demising horizontal trim, add interest to the pattern and differentiate the tippy-top from the middle-top. Both batten  arrangements are centered on the ridge and set up their own rhythm.

In addition to the siding pattern, the diagonally placed square window animates the peak. The finial and large overhanging rake outfitted with a decorative rake truss create compelling shadow lines and shapes. The color scheme of ochre siding, burnt-red trim, and faded-green accents makes for a warm, sunny, yet sophisticated look.

I find the combination of Scandinavian and New England vernacular influences on this gable design irresistible.

by Katie Hutchison for the House Enthusiast