Architecture & Interior Design

American Shingle Style Home

The owner hired DLA+ to design a custom, two-story single-family residence on one-acre lot in the suburbs of Pittsburgh. The finished 10,500 SF home included 4 bedrooms, 5 full baths, 2 half baths and many details to meet the owner’s wish list.

Project Team

Interior Design
Completion Date
May 2017
Project Size
10,500 SF
Cortes Builders
Teaming Partners
House and Building Engineering
Pedicone Engineering Consultants
Beck Consulting, LLC
Klavon Design Associates

Project Challenges and Outcomes


The owner asked the DLA+ design team to create a residence with a contemporary plan in authentic shingle style architecture on a one-acre lot which had an existing house.  Storm water management design was an important aspect of the design due to issues with the site’s existing topography and continuous run off to the neighbor’s property.


After the existing house was demolished, the team solved the storm water management problems through the design of underground retention facilities and surface rain gardens.  Craftmanship was a key to the construction process as the home has numerous intricately detailed areas including the foyer, kitchen, great room and the custom built 568 bottle capacity wine cellar.  The home’s game and exercise rooms are in the finished walk-out basement.  The resulting home features dynamic interior and exterior spaces based on contemporary interpretations of the shingle style architectural vernacular.