Exterior, House Building Type, and Gable RoofLine The series of pitched white buildings was inspired by the work of architect Hugh Newell Jacobsen. “The shell of the house is a very simple form,” says Matthew Ford, “no turns or intersecting roof sections. This allowed me to use solid but inexpensive framing and roofing crews. We are always looking for the point where simplicity and luxury meet.”  Photo 1 of 15 in Row on 25th: Affordable Housing Development in Houston