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Monday, June 8, 2009

Cottage 21

I have to stop blogging after drinking, because I have an inordinate amount to say after a cocktail or two, usually to my detriment (or someone else's). Oh well, the blog visit stats are through the roof, although I think Lisa said the other day that she is now locking her car doors at night.

Here's amazing Cottage 21, all dressed up and ready to party.

Arts and Crafty - with big stone pillars, tapered columns, and a lot of bells and whistles.

Front porch pond view.

And into the kitchen with Hickory cabinets and black countertop and open wood painted shelves and farm sink.

Big open living room with 1x12 white pine shiplap, stained min-wax Early American.

And looking from above at the twirling fan, and windows.

The loft space houses a bedroom, with duel barn doors. We used some 1x8 beveled siding on the exterior of this interior wall, and then stained it white.

Porch view.

Money Shot.

Big spindles, clapboard siding, 2 barn beams and a sconce and radiator that share a hue.

Living room, waiting for that house warming party that is scheduled for the not so distant future.

Really love this shower, but have yet to fine an angle that captures it truely.

And the downstairs, pretty traditional full bath, looking out into the yard.

And the side shot, perfectly tended to.

We've come a long way - our first few houses we didn't have the money, time, resources or professional relationships to even consider such a tight presentation.
My how times have changed.


  1. I'm no expert in homes and how they work, but the ones you build seem very appealing, as are you. I was wondering about the radiators. Could you say something about why you use them? I thought radiators were an outdated system, but apparently they are not.

    I do know a lot about landscaping. It's nice to see you enhancing this home with some flowering shrubbery. Maybe something to think about is that most shrubs will grow a lot bigger. With the luxury of so much land available, you might want to plant things further away from the house, windows, doorways, paths, etc. It's boring having to trim shrubbery that gets in the way, and it's nice having easy access to work on the siding or wash the windows if you don't have to squeeze between shrubs. Many shrubs come with a tag that gives the mature height and width, or this info is easily available online.

    Traditionally, people planted 'foundation' shrubbery to hide the unattractive lower parts of the house. Your houses look good all the way to the ground, so show them off, loosen up your plantings and do the homeowners another favor. Thanks. Kim

  2. Yes, Anonymous - you're absolutely correct, and we agree completely. At the same time we have decided that is a post-sale task, or an upgrade from our base prices. In the end, many options are considered, in terms of form/functionality/cost - and this is one we have decided we can do without, thus keeping the cost down $2000. If we make 10 hard decisions like that (gutters, bushes, exterior cultured stone, wraparound every porch, higher kitchen allowances, etc... for example), we drastically control our costs, without, in the end, affecting the integrity of what we are trying to do.

    For instance 15 houses ago we started using a less expensive window, but after 50 homes we still use solid core interior doors with real cast iron hinges and hardware.

    We think it out, that's for sure, from many different vantages.