Updated: Oct 12
Gingerbread Architect: Gingerbread-By-Design/Loreta Wilson
Gingerbread Designer: Loreta Wilson
New England Salt-Box Gingerbread House
This New England Salt-Box house, with the style reminiscent of days-gone-by, could easily be a real house on any street in the New England area of the US! I saw many of these houses during my recent visit to the northeast part of the country!
Originating from a classic I-house form, in the early 18th century the I-house footprint was expanded to the rear to provide more interior space, resulting in the one and one-half room deep Salt-Box house design. This new design also helped residents to withstand the harsh New England climate by allowing the sloping roof to encourage snow to melt more quickly in the sun while deflecting the strong winter winds.
These houses were named after the common wooden salt containers from the colonial period.
The approximate footprint/size of the New England Salt-Box gingerbread house is 7" wide x 6.5" deep x 7" tall.
This gingerbread house is great for beginners. A little more difficult than the Elf or Pixie house since the back side of the house has two roof pieces; one roof piece to cover the main part of the two-story house, and to one cover the one-story addition on the back.
Gingerbread House Architectural Style
Gingerbread House Special Design Elements
How-To instructions for special design elements can be found on the Gingerbread-By-Design Blog.
Gingerbread House Decorating Candy
Doesn't everybody have a box of left-over candy stored in their closet, at all times? I'm always scoping-out the perfect candy for my next gingerbread creation!
Below is a list of small candies that are perfect for the New England Salt-Box gingerbread house:
Small Candy Canes
Red/Green Sour Tape
Gingerbread House Templates
Download the e-Template to your electronic device, print on your printer, cut-out the template pieces, cut your pieces from gingerbread dough, bake, and assemble per the instructions provided. All templates are full-size and ready to use. No enlarging required.
Pre-Printed and Shipped Template
Pre-printed templates are also available. These templates are pre-printed for you to then cut-out the template pieces, cut your pieces from gingerbread dough, bake, and assemble per the instructions provided. The pre-printed template packet includes:
Template printed on 67lb card stock
Supply and Candy List
Recipes, including number of batches needed
Rolling, Cutting, and Baking instructions
Assembly instructions with step-by-step pictures
Decorating suggestions, including design elements utilized
Ziplock storage bag to store your templates
All templates are full-size and ready to use. No enlarging required.