In cottage design a variety of natural materials may be used -- alone, or in combination -- to create a
myriad of enchanting styles . . . . .
. . . such as the lovely stone and shingle cottage pictured above by Oak Hill Archi- tects!
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.
Wood shingles are another material commonly used in cottage design. 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.
Though the least expensive natural building material, wood siding is ef- fectively used on everything from the
simplest cottage design, such as that pictured at right, to more elaborate designs such as the two that
The charming Dutch
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
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.
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
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.
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
on the up- per story gables -- all of which are typical of the style.
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