Cottage style homes, with their steeply pitched, gabled and dormered roofs, towers, turrets, cupolas, prominent chimneys and decorative detailing, present a charming architectural composition that is virtually irresistible. More importantly, they provide a welcoming retreat from the hectic pace of everyday life.
Design above by Meyer & Meyer Architects
Whether a cozy Victorian
cottage by a lake . . . or an enchanting cottage style tree house in the woods, they offer the perfect escape when
you need to get away from it all for awhile. They also provide a great place to gather with family and friends
to create special memories that will last a lifetime!
Often replete with bands of windows that frame scenic vistas of the surrounding countryside, they are ideally suited for solitude and quiet contemplation. The upper level of the round tower-like room pictured below is perfect for relaxing and enjoying the natural panoramic beauty of the landscape beyond. Its spacious deck area is also ideal for entertaining family and friends.
The rustic charm of the shingled cottage pictured below, left, extends to the stone and shingled fence and gated arbor surrounding it. Below, right, the painted white entrance pillars and window boxes lend a more formal look to this appealing lakeside cottage.
The unusual corner detailing of the country retreat pictured below enhances the cottage-like look and feel of this charming getaway. Floral-draped window boxes add even more to the overall charm!
The two shingle style cottages that follow present a study in contrasts. At right is a relatively simple gabled cottage with a shed roof dormer and a roof sheathed in metal.
The more elaborate design pictured below incorporates a two story tower with a roof that blends seamlessly into the hipped roof of the main structure, which is punctuated by both hipped and shed roof dormers.
Pictured at right is a simple shingled guest house with tiny windows set beside an historic East coast
windmill. In stark contrast is the sprawling Nantucket cottage with a large glazed cupola pictured below.
And once again, the stone cottages pictured at right and below present a study in contrasts. Relatively simple in style, the gabled cottage at right is, nevertheless, beautifully detailed with a brick chimney, tall multi-pane windows and an inviting wooden door.
The larger one and a half story cottage pictured below boasts a front facing gambrel roof and a massive stone arch that frames the center of the full width front porch.
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