Vintage Family Cottage
Inheriting the cottage of a beloved uncle visited from childhood on, the homeowners were passionate about honoring his love of nature and staying true to the cottage feel while updating the 1920s-era home. The remodel transformed the interior from dark to light tones, adding and enlarging windows to welcome in the warming sun. The 768-square-foot cottage was expanded modestly to 1,166 square feet by enlarging bedrooms and adding a bathroom. Air sealed and well insulated, the home is an energy-efficient, inviting space with high, beamed ceilings and all natural materials throughout—including limestone counters and a recycled glass backsplash in the kitchen, limestone flooring and countertops in the bathrooms and richly-hued wood cabinets and doors. While the hardwood oak flooring in the main living areas is new, it was designed to match the original. Carmel stone was selected for the fireplace and exterior walkways. Blinds crafted of natural grasses also work to connect the home with the natural surroundings. A built-in dining area provides ample seating in the now open kitchen and living room area. Vertical paneling was added to the front of the spacious deck, where the family often gathers, to create privacy. The backyard was opened up, working around an aged tree, and seating was built into the retaining wall. The freshly painted exterior is complemented by a prominent flower box over the garage to add a splash of color.