Ideas of Cottage Style Homes

Article by sarah james on September 16, 2012 under House Design category

Cottage style homes are known for both their interior and exterior marvels, the combination with the surrounding environment and view as well and the specific taste of the house’s owners. Here are the main things that make these homes different from any other normal homes.

Cottage Style Home

Cottage Style Home

The Elements of Cottage Style Homes

First, the shapes of the house speak for themselves. The details in the roof, the different shapes, sizes, angles, corners it makes, the detailed chimney, and the simply made walls are specific for the cottage style homes. The size of the actual house is not at all big. Usually, cottage style houses are dwellings for small families, with not that many rooms, and maximum two stories of the house. The interior is specific as well. The furniture, made of old worn out and stained wood in combination with iron elements, the colors of the walls, ceilings and doors, in which mostly white and light grey is used, although it depends on the owner’s taste, the simple-detailed floors, sometimes in combination with linear elements and decoration, all of these things contribute to the style of the cottage home. For having cottage homes, you should complete these following elements.

Entryways – Cottage style, also called Carpenter Gothic Revival, pays homage to its Gothic roots with the entryways. Medieval-style doors with elaborate panels welcomes people into a cottage-style home, according to Dream Home Source website (DHS). The entryway opens up to a casually flowing floor plan.

Roof – Look for a roof that pitches steeply, varies in configuration with gables and covered in decorative shingles. Cottage-style homes often have ornamental chimneys and asymmetrical gables, adding to the cottage charm.

Cottage at It's Peak

Cottage at It’s Peak

Windows – Cottage style usually involves bay windows with multi-panes, according to DHS. Look for casement windows with rectangular or diamond panes. Don’t cover up this element of your cottage home with elaborate window treatments, either. Keep the look simple with blinds, shades, valances or left bare, allowing the shapes and molding of the window panes to speak for themselves.

Sinks – According to Kohler, farmhouse, apron-front, under-counter and freestanding porcelain sinks all work well in a cottage-style home. For faucets, look for an antique style, with a wall mount or high arch faucet in polished nickel, hand-rubbed bronze or chrome.

Floors – Old wood floors with varying widths of planks and old pegs scream cottage style. Painted floors are also very common in cottage-style homes. If the flooring is not in good shape, vinyl flooring may be a better option for you.

Cabinetry – Cabinets should be light in color and accented with vintage handles. Painted cabinets in light colors, bead board, batten doors and glass doors, as well as a distressed look, are all options for cottage cabinetry.

Ceiling – Exposed old beams and crown molding are both popular elements in cottage-style homes. For extra flair, go with a coffered ceiling, with recessed panels.

Pictures of Cottage Style Homes

Below you can see some cottage style pictures that can help you to create an idea to build a cottage style home.

Colorful Cottage

Colorful Cottage

Colorful Cottage – Bright flowers go a long way in creating cottage charm. Here, colorful plantings by the street mimic the flowers overflowing from the home’s window boxes. A vine-covered arbor invites visitors to pass through and follow a gently curving pathway to the front door.

Costwold Cottage and Garden

Costwold Cottage and Garden

Cotswold Cottage and Garden – Straight out of a fairy tale, this 1920s brick-and-stone dwelling with mullioned windows and a wiggly Dr. Seuss-style roof is reminiscent of Cotswold cottages of the English countryside. Great garden rooms reinforce the home’s character. A custom iron-and-timber gate and Cotswold-style brick wall frame the front yard.

Cottage Arbors

Cottage Arbors

Cottage Arbors – The open-air curved deck hugs this cottage and houses two arbors. A sweeping arbor dresses up the front entry. Because the house sits off-center on its tiny lot, a second gazebo-style arbor within the deck balances the house on the land. A garden trellis rounds out the pair for a cheery cottage welcome.

English Country Cottage

English Country Cottage

English Country Cottage – This modified English country cottage conveys stability with its massive masonry exterior and tall casement windows. Accents suited to the style include the arched porch entry and the steep gables and dormers. New twists include granite siding, a Craftsman-style front door, and the large bay window topped with a copper roof.

Natural Cottage

Natural Cottage

Natural Cottage Details – Exterior details are what make this cottage stand out: Western red cedar shingles stained brown blend with the home’s wooded setting. Random-size river rocks, used to construct the front porch and reface the foundation and entry vestibule, reinforce the home-and-nature connection. Arts and Crafts-style mounting windows, wide window casings, and a round-top mahogany door advance the home’s Craftsman character. But it’s a stunning handcrafted iron railing that serves as the cottage’s signature piece. Its brown hue complements the home’s rich and earthy color palette, elegantly leading guests from the driveway to the front door.

Scottish Cottage Architecture

Scottish Cottage Architecture

Scottish Cottage Architecture – Built in 1936 to echo simple Scottish cottages, this house changed its nondescript facade with the addition of dramatic details. Dominant Craftsman-era touches–the extended roofline, arching eyebrow, and massive support brackets–reflect the home’s latest and most successful renovation. A new porch with random-course stone walls and wide stairs up to the front door makes the entry more inviting and accessible.

In most cases, cottage homes are built in places far from villages and cities, mountains, forests, low-populated villages. That is why, if you look at some pictures of cottage style homes, the background will mostly be landscapes of nature, not other houses or buildings.

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