Hampton Luzak is a former on-air reporter and producer with MSNBC in New York City. Now based in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Hampton Luzak applies her creativity to restoring colonial-era homes in the New England region.
Traditional New England homes feature several notable architectural styles, and one of the most replicated is the saltbox.
A New England-born architectural classic, the saltbox home resembles the wooden boxes in which salt was kept during colonial times. This style of home was common well into the 1800s and continues to be a popular style in new home designs.
Shaped essentially like a box, a saltbox is a two-story house that features an asymmetrical design, with the rear part of the roof extending down to the first floor. As colonial families grew in size, additional space was often created by building a lean-to on the back of the house. This lean-to might have included a kitchen with a fireplace, pantry, or a room in which people who were ill could be nursed. Instead of creating an entirely new roof, builders simply extended the existing roof to cover the new portion of the house.
Designed primarily for their convenience and simplicity, saltbox homes usually feature a flat front, central chimney, and plain clapboard or wooden siding with corner boards. Interior decoration was usually understated as well.