35 Exterior House Building Type Butterfly Roofline Design Photos And Ideas

Seattle-based Stillwater Dwellings designed this one-story prefab home just north of Seattle in Edmunds, Washington for a client who wanted to “age in place.” With this in mind, Stillwater provided wide hallways and an open concept living space, with the company’s signature glass wall for year-round daylight and views of the outdoors. A deep overhanging roof shades the interior, along with other features like clerestory windows, natural materials, and high ceilings reflecting Stillwater’s commitment to sustainable design and the environment.
Daring volumetric distribution creates an intriguing, sculptural form.
The design reinforces the beauty of the site and the power of nature.
The house is a succession of three pavilions unified by a unique roof, with two covered patios.
The house and its surrounding
Front facade of the house
Living room at night
When contractor ABO Construction discovered that part of the original roof needed replacing, Delano came up with a butterfly design that suited the home’s midcentury lines.
Method Homes is a custom manufacturer of precision–engineered, prefabricated, modern structures. Master craftsmen create their modular homes, commercial structures, accessory dwelling units, and garages. This 4672 sq. ft.
The bedroom pavilion is mostly hidden, thanks to a massive native California oak—part of a grove. “That’s the good thing about oaks—they keep their leaves in the winter, so you don’t have one view in the summer and another in the winter,” Suzanne says.
More native grasses set the tone near the generously sized concrete pavers leading to the entrance. “We didn’t want the planting to feel like a country cottage garden—that would have felt disconnected with the view behind it,” Trainor says.
Butterfly House, designed by Feldman Architecture for David and Suzanne Rinaldo in California’s Monterey County, is made up of three discrete structures separated by walkways. The distinct folds in the roofs are utilized for rainwater catchment.
side view with lift and slides onto stone terrace cliff
Entrance doorway
Entrance side view surrounded by landscapes and lake
With a textured skin of Shou Sugi Ban, Michigan Lake House, designed by New York firm Desai Chia Architecture in collaboration with Michigan firm Environment Architects, dramatizes the play of light and shadows as the sun moves it through the day.
Project Name: Boring, OR

Website: http://stillwaterdwellings.com/
For the southeast-facing facade, which is concealed from street traffic, Tehrani opted for transparency, repositioning bricks to place a sculptural collage of protruding box windows and a glass expanse.
Large floor-to-ceiling windows and doors provide abundant natural light and ventilation.
The decidedly nontraditional structure includes a front wall that opens the living room onto the front yard—and to the rest of the neighborhood, which has enthusiastically welcomed the house and its owner.
In need of more room for their growing brood, Eric and Emma Gimon, with Luc, Paul, baby Louise, and their dog, Nefi, asked for a private space to accompany the house designed for Eric’s great-aunt.
A tract house with a butterfly roof designed in 1956 for Joe Dunas.
Krisel was also known for his boldly modern approach to landscape. The Menrad residence, shown here, features a distinct geometric design. The architect, working in the harsh Palm Springs climate, relied on hardscape elements—setting a precedent for drought-tolerant landscape design.
Entry stair and porch with cantilevered balcony
At the end of a steep driveway, off a road less graveled, await the happy innkeepers: Chris Brown, Sarah Johnson, and Michael and Joshua, two of their three sons.
Set on five acres, the three pavilions total 2,900 square feet. They gently fan out in a semicircle “like the charms on a necklace,” Suzanne says. The pair recruited landscape designer Bernard Trainor to help integrate the house with the land.
"Pulling the buildings apart allows what is not a big house to feel really big," says architect Jonathan Feldman of the sustainable retirement home he built for a couple in California. "Because of the ways it opens up, it feels much more expansive than it really is."
The jagged edges of the roof are meant to resemble the surrounding peaks of the Cascades. The exterior HardiePanel vertical siding is painted “dark pewter” by Benjamin Moore.

Zoom out for a look at the modern exterior. From your dream house, to cozy cabins, to loft-like apartments, to repurposed shipping containers, these stellar projects promise something for everyone. Explore a variety of building types with metal roofs, wood siding, gables, and everything in between.

Get a Daily Dose of Design

Sign up for the Dwell Daily Newsletter and never miss our new features, photos, home tours, stories, and more.