Ponca Avenue, Toluca Lake Exterior

Although most people refer to it as “Storybook,” the roof design is actually called “Ocean Wave” as it appears to undulate like waves.  Constructing an “Ocean Wave” roof is truly an art, but sadly almost a lost one. It is tedious, requires great skill and a true artisan’s hand and eye. The sense of a wave is created by gradiently increasing and decreasing the number of shingles stacked one on top of another. Notice in the center of the roof there’s a section that appears to be a “crest” of a wave. In fact, that portion is approximately 18 individual shingles stacked one on top of the other. On either side of that “crest” the shingle count increases and decreases in number, giving the visual of a moving ocean wave.