Project Description

Lucia’s Little Houses > House #08

The Cottage

The house with the strongest ties to “Bungalow” or “Craftsman” style, this is a great waterfront building. You can live on the ground floor and put the kids upstairs under the eaves and they’ll love it.

Feinstein, The Cottage


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This house was featured in Christian and Christen Gladu’s book, Bungalow Plans (2002).

What we have here is a shingled cabin designed for the shores of a beautiful harbor on the Maine coast where it is important to have a house that talks the language of its 19th century neighbors.

This is probably the most cottage-like of any in the collection, and with its compact shape could probably do well on many sites. Like most of our houses the formal approach needs to be at the opposite end from the view side where the windows are. Ideally, the view is also on the south side so that you get the advantage of the sun.

Downeast cottages of the past were always very much about porches, but putting the porches on the south side made these houses very dark. So we took the south porch and filled it in with living space, but still expressed it in the roof line. This leaves just a corner of covered porch on the southeast where you can sit on a dripping day or stand out of the rain and check your boat on its mooring. Likewise the generous porch on the north is essential to really establish the entry and get the scale of the building down.

Immediately inside the entry door is an entry hall with a high ceiling and the staircase. It gives one access to the downstairs bedroom and bath or the upper two bedrooms and their bath without traipsing all through the house.

The main space of the house is a unified kitchen/dining/living space. Because I think those functions need some separation even if you want to get the benefit of a sweep of space, we set the dining area out in the front in what amounts to a bay. On the east side of the bay is a window, and on the west is a low wall that separates a small sitting area that could either be built-in seats or a small office. The “living room” is a furniture grouping gathered around the fireplace and is focused on it. A lot of the action in a summer house (and in fact in most houses) really happens around the dining room table, so why not put it in the view and let the living room look over it to get a view.

The big deck that makes up the foreground of this plan is really dictated somewhat by the site. On ours it grounds this house to a rock ledge that slopes steeply down to the harbor, but your site might dictate something very different.

The upstairs of this house has two nice bedrooms under the eaves of the roof, each with a window seat for views and daydreaming. The east bedroom doesn’t have a closet because I thought something like an armoire would work better there.

There is a hidden storage area under the eaves, a bit low but useful, that is accessed from the back of the west bedroom closet. Even if you don’t use it, your grandchildren will love it.

Both rooms have a sink in them, because our client remembers them in the cottage that he grew up in on this site. We leave them in for you because it seems like a pretty civilized idea for what I think is a very civilized house.

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House Details
Heated square feet. . . . . . . . 1,539
Adjusted sq. ft. . . . . . 1,793
3 – Bedrooms
2 – Bathrooms
Crawl space foundation

Foot Print 1,708 sq. ft.
View Dimension 28’
Side Dimension 42’
Height 21’

1st Floor 924 sq. ft.
2nd Floor 615 sq. ft.

1st Floor
Living/Din. 18’ x 20’
Kitchen 8’ x 16’
Bedroom–1 10’ x 12’
Bath–1 7’ x 5’
Entry 6’ x 12’

2nd Floor
Bedroom–2 13’ x 14’
Bedroom–3 13’ x 14’
Bath–2 8’ x 8’-6”

Working Drawings
• 1st & 2nd flr. Plans
• Elevations
• Sections, Schedules
• Fndtn. Plan, 1st flr. Framing
• 2nd flr./Roof Framing
• Details
• Perspectives
• Electrical Plans