By M. Caren Connolly
The common-or-garden cottage deals a spot of calming retreat and the chance to precise a proud experience of individuality. during this undying photographic treasury, the authors shine mild on 3 captivating features that unify all cottages: a connection to nature, an in detail scaled layout, and using in the neighborhood made fabrics. They discover 24 very good American examples of all types-permanent houses and weekend getaways in rural, suburban, and concrete destinations, new cottages and remodels-discussing web site making plans, vernacular construction fabrics, roof pitches, window sizes, inside layout, and backyard types. Emphasizing present and destiny traits, «Cottage» is a storybook delusion come alive.
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Comfort of an easy chair. Storage was a high priority, too; the combination of a second-floor dressing room and firstfloor storage room provides more stowing space than the owner ever imagined possible in such a small cottage. Rather than devoting square footage to a second bedroom that would be used only occasionally, Ross made the secondfloor hallway just a little wider than the standard dimension. The well-lit “hallroom,” as the owner calls it, accommodates bookshelves and a work and hobby desk.
Heavy brackets trumpet this entrance, and wide clapboard siding distinguishes the main cottage from the storage lean-to, with its narrower shiplap siding. Opposites Attract Applying basic color theory can literally add dimension to a cottage. While the white exterior trim of the windows, corner boards, water table, fascia, and rafters gives the cottage an airy look, the cranberry red doors add weight and depth. That’s because red is the opposite of green on the color wheel, so that when the two colors are in close proximity, One Plus One Equals One à 25 FIRST FLOOR SECOND FLOOR Kitchen Bath Ĥ The standing-seam metal roof extends over the porch like a warmhearted handshake, welcoming friends even before they enter the cottage.
These healthy-house systems are largely invisible, though. With its colorful trim moldings, porch rails, and lap siding, the cottage still fits right into the community of stick-built Victorian cottages. When guests enter the cottage, they find an atmosphere of old-fashioned hospitality rather than space-age technology. Three generations of family enjoy spending summers at the cottage. The child-friendly community gives the grandchildren freedom to explore and renew summer friendships. The children love walking to the beach, the toy shop, and the ice cream store, and the whole family often uses golf carts or bicycles instead of cars to go from place to place.
Cottage: America’s Favorite Home Inside and Out by M. Caren Connolly