To those of you who left comments on my last post Designing Our New Cottage, or on my Facebook page, thank you. Your kind words are a big encouragement to me. I appreciate them and your interest in our cottage-to-be more than you'll ever know.
Some of you have mentioned that you want to follow our project to gain insight for your own future home build. I hope what I share will help you in some way.
As I mentioned before, My husband "Captain", a retired architect, drew up the plans. To date we have designed three different cottages.
More scalloped shingles adorn the gables on the sides of the cottage.
The main floor is 840 SF. An L-shape kitchen is open to the living and dining rooms. The side entrance is just off the dining area. A corridor houses a pantry and guest closet, and leads to the laundry, full bathroom, and Captain's art studio. Just outside the studio is a clean-up sink. Across from the sink is the stairs to the upper level.
The 410 SF second story is a simple design of two bedrooms and a full bath.
This is the long section of the "L". The range is banked by cabinets in a hutch fashion. To its right is a farm sink. The window over the sink looks out on the future garden.
|Traditional Spaces by Morrow Kitchen & Bath Designers The Workshops of David T. Smith|
The section on the south wall completes the "L".
The kitchen cabinetry we specified in this plan is Homecrest Bayport in white. I chose it for its beadboard doors. Here's a photo from their kitchen gallery.
And this is another view of Bayport from their Bathroom Gallery.
The Living Room
There are three windows facing south. This gives lots of natural light to the room.
A gas fireplace with mantel is on the west wall.
We put this plan out to two contractors for bids. You'll see carpet and vinyl flooring noted. Originally we specified hardwood floors throughout, but revised our plan after we saw the cost.
What I like about this plan:
- The exterior has a strong traditional cottage look.
- Two full baths.
- Second story gives us a view of the mountains in the distance, which we don't have from the ground floor.
- Placing the stairwell in the back of the house keeps it from interfering with the layout in the living room.
- The stair railing is open on one side and can be seen from the side entry. Nice look.
- The large windows in the dining room.
What I don't like about this plan:
- The front door opens into the living space.
- Not enough natural light in the kitchen.
- The proximity of the sink to the range -- not enough workspace between them.
- The preliminary cost to build was too expensive for our budget.
- There was no cost advantage to building a story and a half. Since this was the case, we decided to go back to the drawing board and design a single level home. Eliminating stairs seemed like a smart move for the future. That whole aging thing, you know.
In my next post I'll show you Cottage #2.
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