Storybook Cottage House Plans... Hobbit Huts to Cottage Castles!
The storybook cottage house plans featured here appear to have come from a lavishly illustrated children's
storybook. However, though the line is often blurred between what is imaginary and what it real, each of the
cottage plans included here is, indeed, VERY REAL!
Above Plan from Architectural Designs
The picturesque mountain cottage or cabin design that follows features a romantic stone and shingle exterior
with steeply pitched, i.e., pointed ga- bles, and a large stone chimney. A stock plan from Hendricks Architecture
in Sandpoint, Idaho, it encompasses only 835 square feet. However, its airy floor plan and soaring ceilings with
open beams and architectural trus- ses make it seem larger Two optional loft areas can be built to gain an
ad- ditional 137-159 square feet. Its charming design is derived from several style variations and, according to
the architect, "looks more like
meets hobbit house meets Swiss chalet."
The lovely Country French farm house design pictured below comes from New South Classics in Greenville, South
Carolina. Called La Ferme, its picturesque, asymmetrical facade with varying roof lines and exposed
raf- ter tails is beautifully detailed. Primarily clad with limestone and stucco, the exterior also features half-
timbering with brick infill in a handsome her- ringbone pattern. Adding charm to the windows with wooden shutters
are window boxes filled with flowers. And capping off the striking chimney de- sign is a pair of terracotta chimney
Inside, the 2,504 square foot floor plan is no less impressive. It features an open plan with high beamed
ceilings and fireplaces in both the study and the family room. Away from the public spaces, three bedrooms, two
full baths and a laundry room occupy the other end of the cottage off a cen- tral hall.
The charming set of English
storybook cottage house plans that follow was designed by Mitchell Ginn for Southern Living House Plans. Similar
in design to the period revival styles popular in North America during the 1920s and 1930s, this design features
a picturesque arrangement of contrasting building materials on the exterior, including stone, brick, stuc- co, and
wood half-timbering. Lovely multi-pane mullioned windows pierce the facade, while an elegant
graces the side.
Called Honeymoon Cottage, its charming old world exterior masks an inte- rior floor plan designed for
contemporary living. Open and airy, the two level, 1,999 square foot interior naturally flows from one area to
another. Just inside the front entry is a spacious living room with a fireplace and coffered ceiling. Opening
into the living room is an eating area off the kitchen. At the rear is a porch with another fireplace and a
beamed and vaulted ceiling. The expansive master bedroom suite -- also on the main level -- features a spacious
master bathroom with dual sinks, a shower, and a Whirlpool bath. For the sake of convenience, the large walk-in
clos- et can also be accessed from the adjacent laundry room.
Upstairs, there is space for three additional bedrooms and one and three-quarter baths. A cozy loft area at
the top of the stairs features a wall of windows that floods the upper level with natural light.
The cozy Wherwell Cottage pictured below is another fine creation from New South Classics. Diamond
pane windows and brick and stone chimneys with clay chimney pots lend authenticity to this English-inspired
storybook cottage house plan.
The 2,656 square foot interior boasts an amazing total of five fireplaces! A spacious great room and dining
room with high vaulted ceilings flow togeth- er to create a massive open interior space. Also boasting a soaring
vaulted ceiling is the master bedroom suite. Walls of windows along the rear fa- cade, interrupted only by sets
of French doors leading to a large stone ter- race, flood the interior with natural light and afford expansive
views of the beautiful terrace and beyond.
And finally, the enchanting "cottage castle" that follows evokes images of knights in shining armor. A
stepped design with a romantic circular tower, Lostroh Castle ascends three stories -- beginning with a
partially below grade lower level that includes a guest room/den, full bath, laundry room, and a one car garage.
It also features a roof top deck from which to enjoy spectacular views of the surrounding countryside!
At 1,600 square feet in size, it gives the illusion of a much larger structure. From the moment you enter the
front door, you step into a dramatic great room that opens to a kitchen, bar and dining area at the rear.
Surrounding the great room are rows of tall windows and French doors that lead to a balcony on one side, and a
patio or deck on the other side. A cozy fire- place also graces the main level of this storybook cottage house
The tower encloses an elegant circular staircase that leads to the upper level. At the top of the stairs is an
intimate loft area overlooking the great room below. Straight ahead is the spacious master bedroom suite that
opens onto a private outdoor balcony. Inside the suite is another cozy fire- place and a large walk-in closet.
Roof Top Deck
(Lostroh Castle plan available through aboveallhouseplans.com)
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