Mansard Roof

A Mansard Roof is a four-sided gambrel-style hip roof characterized by two slopes on each of its sides with the lower slope, punctured by dormer windows, at a steeper angle than the upper. The upper slope is not usually visible from the ground. This architectural element originated in France and is named after the French architect Fran├žois Mansart who popularized it in the 17th century. The design allows for additional living space under the roof, often utilized as full attic or living quarters, known as a garret. Mansard roofs are commonly used in Second Empire French architecture, and they provide a sense of grandeur and space to buildings. They also allow for easier zoning compliance compared to a traditional gabled roof, as the mansard roof enables a full additional story of space within the roof structure.

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