One of the industry’s most respected custom builders, Jeff Sweenor has been in the business for nearly 30 years, so when he describes a house as a “favorite,” you know it’s a special project. Get a peek at the details that make this contemporary home so special.
Sweenor Home TourJeff Sweenor, founder of Rhode Island-based Sweenor Builders, is taking us on a tour of a contemporary remodel in this new edition of the “On Site with Andersen” video series.
If you're still learning about contemporary design, here are a couple terms Sweenor uses that you might not be familiar with.
- Mono-pitch roof: Also referred to as a shed roof, this type of roof slopes in only one direction, so it's higher on one end than on the other — imagine a lean-to and you’ll have a picture of what this roof looks like. This type of roof allows for lofty ceilings and is perfect for accommodating clerestory windows.
- Clerestory windows: Windows placed just below the roofline, high up on the wall, so they let in light while maintaining privacy. Any type of window can be a clerestory window, but because these windows are usually unreachable, picture windows work well. Alternatively, gliding, awning, or casement windows that open electronically are good options.
- Transom windows: Windows placed directly above another window or door. Like a clerestory window, any type of window can be used as a transom. However, awning windows or picture windows are popular options.
- Drywall returns: Windows installed directly into the drywall with no surrounding trim for a clean look that puts the emphasis on the view outside rather than on the window itself.
Combining these elements resulted in a home characterized by sleek surfaces, clean lines, and an abundance of natural light — in other words, a contemporary design.