Standout Cottage Design...
Material Matters!

In cottage design a variety of natural materials may be used -- alone, or in combination -- to create a myriad of enchanting styles . . . . .

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         . . . such as the lovely stone and shingle
         cottage pictured above by Oak Hill Archi-
         tects!


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As every child knows from reading The Three Little Pigs,  a  brick  cottage  is solid  and  impervious to the huffs and the puffs of the big bad wolf.The brick cottages featured here  are  not  only solid and substantial . . . . . but  cozy and quaint!






Pictured below is a charming garden cottage at Planting Fields Arboretum on the north shore of Long Island, New York.    It is one of several lovely garden cottages on the property.

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See More Garden Cottages at Planting Fields Arboretum!

Cottage Design Materials

Bricks

The beautiful little cottage that follows was crafted by designer and mas-
ter artisan Clay Chapman. As always, his brickwork is extraordinary!

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See More of the Extraordinary Work of Clay Chapman
at our Sister Site, Standout-Fireplace-Designs.com!


Wood Shingles

Wood shingles are also frequently used to clad cottage exteriors.   Pic-
tured below, left, is a charming little cottage in Portland, Oregon.  Moving cross country to the eastern seaboard of the United States,  the tiny sea-
side cottage pictured below,  right,  is  located in Woods Hole,  Massachu-
setts.

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Wood Siding

Though the least expensive natural building material, wood siding is ef-
fectively  used  on everything from
the simplest cottage plan, such as that  pictured  at  right,  to  more elaborate designs such as the two that follow.




The  charming  Dutch  gambrel roofed  guest cottage that follows was de-
signed by Oak Hill Architects,  based  in  Weston  Center,  Massachusetts. Note the distinctive detailing of the wood siding flanking the open fretwork balustrade on the upper level deck or balcony.

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The lovely cottage pictured below is located in Lake Oswego,  an affluent suburb of Portland, Oregon. Inspired by English cottage architecture, it is typical  of  the  period  revival  styles popular in North America during the 1920s and 1930s.

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See More Lovely English Cottages!

Victorian Queen Anne cottage designs generally use a combination of  nat-
ural building materials on the exterior.    The charming cottage pictured be-
low,  left, is clad with wood siding on the first story and wood "fancy butt" shingles on the upper story gable and dormer.  Below, right, is an early Vic-
torian Carpenter Gothic design with a metal roof and vertical board and batten wood siding.

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The charming Victorian-era cottage pictured below is actually a playhouse on the grounds of The Breakers, a grand, gilded age seaside mansion in Newport, Rhode Island.

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And  finally,  the Gothic Style cottage that follows is a modern day repro-
duction of a Victorian-era design from Victorian Cottage Plans,  based  in Sonoma, California.  Clad with board and batten siding, this authentic de-
sign  features pointed arch windows and intricate bargeboards on the up-
per story gables -- all of which are typical of the style.

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