When you consider to live in a small house, there are several options to choose. One of them is cottage house. This design gains a lot of popularity for its classic and trendy style. It is timeless as well, so you could use this idea for both personal and family house. Before you make final decision about your house, it is better to learn a little bit deeper about this model house.
A Brief Introduction of A Cottage
Back in the days, cottage is commonly used as a vacation house of the rich family. It is built in private property or in secluded area surrounded by nature. Unlike the regular house, cottage is designed for personal use or small family living. Therefore, the rooms are limited and stay close to each other. The strong point of a cottage is its character.
You cannot miss a cottage when you see one. It has specific elements, such as small porch, balconies, windows facing the lake, stucco walls, and gable roof. Many of them look like one story house, but when you step inside, you could see the second floor in the attic. Several houses are built as two stories building.
Another perk of choosing cottage is its design flexibility. No matter who and how this house is styled, people still could tell that it is a cottage. Years ago, a cottage has cramped hallway to compensate for a cozy, big space for the bedroom. The modern approach allows the house owner to tailor their house plan. Some even can personalize cottage for disability people with wheelchair.
The cost to build a cottage is not high. Thus, people usually build one and use it as “guest house”. This practice is common among the people who live away from their families and come home several times in a year.
Elements of a Cottage
There are several elements that you need to pay attention to. Such as:
1. Classic and Moderately Rustic
Above all reasons, people love cottage vibe: classic and rustic, but not too overwhelming. Considering the style, cottage is often compared to cabin. They have plenty of similarities, but a cabin is appreciated for its spacious rooms. On the other hand, a cottage is preferred for its detailed and extravagant arrangement.
Take a look at cottage’s windows, ceiling and doors; they are beautifully crafted to fit the overall theme. The architecture gets the idea by comparing the style from “Tudor”, “Victorian Era” or a “bungalow”. Then the designer will combine them with the house owner preference. It applies not only for a newly built house, but also to cottage renovation process.
2. Asymmetrical Pattern
There are two elements that should intact to a cottage: a chimney and a porch. Both are the eye candy of cottage house. Adding these two elements incorporates more bold lines for the house sketch. Therefore, it is also known for asymmetrical design. Those who loves lines and clear cut will fall for cottage from the first sight.
3. Compact Spaces
Do you know that cottage have rules for its land area? It is usually built on the land less than 2,000 square feet. Some even goes as small as 1,500 square feet. To compensate the limited building area, the rooms inside the cottage are arranged closely to each other. The privacy in a cottage is not protected, but it provides enough borderline.
The center of cottage house is either living room or the kitchen. It means that the room is the most spacious area. A living room as the center will have nice sofa, rug and television. If the kitchen gets to be the center, then the dining room will be available. The other rooms will have small to medium space only.
Tips for Planning Small Cottage
If you plan to build your own small cottage, these tips will be most helpful.
1. Check For Views
The old way of building cottage in secluded area brings one rule; make sure the house is facing the most beautiful view. There are several things that could be considered “a view”; a lake, a mountain, a green field, etc. If your view is only available to one side of the house, then you should reserve it for living room window.
To find this view, you should take a walk around the house. You might also want to observe the sun light; will you prefer to wake up by the light in the morning? Look also for the wind direction. You don’t want to be frozen during winter because your windows catch the wind flow.
2. Check The Water
If you think this is about ensuring water sources, no it is not. Without question, you should choose the land with available water source. However, the “water” here refers to lake, river or any stream in your surrounding area. Think about your personal preference: would you like to listen to water stream before sleep? Or would you rather set a bedroom far from the water so you sleep peacefully?
3. Observe The Land Slope
Make sure to check the land slope before planning the house. Having a cottage in land slope has its benefits and disadvantages. The good thing is you will be shielded from your neighbor. That would be a plus point for your privacy. However, you might want to consult the contractor and change your original plan to compensate for the edgy land.
4. Think About A Second Floor
As mentioned above, a cottage is built on limited land. By building only one-story house, you will have the very essentials room only; bedroom, bathroom, kitchen and living room. Later when you have to store extra boxes, there is no space available. For this reason, you should add second floor. You could use it as storage room or even extra guest room.
Don’t forget to check the tree in front of your house. Will the branches disturb light distribution to the second floor? If yes, then will you cut the branches regularly? Make sure that you are aware of the maintenance steps.
5. Plan The Flow Carefully
The most important thing of a cottage plan is comfort. When you come up with the plans or ideas for the cottage, think about how the whole family will use the whole house. Probably the hallway should be bigger because the children love to run around the house. Probably it is better to make kitchen as the center of the cottage, since your family loves cooking.