White Clapboard House (Style Spotlight)

By Beth Woodson and Kristy Harvey

From the Kennedy compound to FDR's Little White House, white clapboard houses are part of America's history. The classic style and design of these charming homes may have originated in a different time, but thankfully, they're far from outdated. Take a look to see for yourself why these homes have a look that has translated across generations.

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White Clapboard House (Style Spotlight)

Asphalt and slate are great, but there's nothing like the pitter-patter of raindrops on a tin roof. The darker colors look fabulous on white clapboard houses but can pose an energy problem when it comes to summer air conditioning. We love how Smith & Vansant turned the perceived problem into an advantage by adding solar panels, making this house gorgeously white and green.

Nothing adds instant charm and character to a home like a fabulous outbuilding. A garage, a stable or a guesthouse adds space and function.

Fireplaces go hand in hand with the historic feel of white clapboard cottages. Inside or out, they're the perfect place to curl up and get cozy. Plus, they are spectacular for holiday decorating.

Cupolas can be the crowning glory of any home, but we think this one is particularly well done. It melds with the feel of the home and balances out the chimney on the other side, adding cohesiveness to the entire house.

Outdoor spaces are some of the most important areas of any home. Why not add personality with a pergola? It's aesthetically pleasing and adds a bit of shade for those hot summer afternoons.


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