A look at the jerkinhead roof (or should that be a jerkin head roof?)
The Purple Point-Stehekin Ranger Station House: an example of a property with a jerkinhead roof. Image by the US National Park Service (Public Domain).
Jerkinhead or Jerkin Head? The spelling of this roof type is subject to dispute, though the correct spelling is seen in the former. In a nutshell, a Jerkinhead Roof is a hybrid roof type. It has a hipped top part with the gabled bottom half.
As well as its proper term, the jerkinhead roof is also known as half-hipped roof or a clipped gable roof. They are also popular in Germany, Denmark, Austria and Slovenia. As well as bungalows, you often see jerkinhead roofs covering agricultural buildings. Their compact nature makes half hipped roofs a viable option for low rise single storey buildings where height issues matter.
Their stability makes them an attractive option in windy areas. One disadvantage is the lack of space. This could make loft conversions awkward.