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February 22, 2016
These homes from around the world redefine what a cottage can be.
Exterior view of modern cottage in Maine

The Porter cottage makes the most of its unwieldy site on an island 20 miles off the coast of Maine. The cottage was sited as close to the water as legally allowed to take advantage of the views and far enough away from the graywater leach field where the soil is deep enough to allow for proper run off. The screen porch was angled to capture direct southern exposure for the solar panels. 

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Originally appeared in A Tiny Cabin is This Writer's Off the Grid Getaway
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modern living room connecticut

Suzanne and Brooks Kelley didn’t set out to make a bold statement. When they hired Lisa Gray and Alan Organschi of Gray Organschi Architecture five years ago, they simply were looking for ways to make better use of their property, a 3.5-acre gently sloping lawn speckled with granite outcroppings and large oak trees overlooking Long Island Sound in Guilford, Connecticut. 

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transformed Postman's cottage in southwestern England

To integrate the former postman’s cottage with the new design, architect David Sheppard added a concrete column adjacent to an existing stone chimney and a new slate chimney “at the heart of the composition.” From this, the roof structure fans out; the small structure now serves as an anteroom. 

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Originally appeared in A Transformed Postman's Cottage in England
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ross cottage facade exterior

A San Francisco couple hired architect Jonathan Feldman to renovate and extend their cottage while maintaining its historic charms, which included old-growth Douglas fir ceiling beams and a 1930s stone fireplace.

Originally appeared in 5 Exterior Home Renovations
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Zinc-roofed cabin France.

In early 2015, architect Patrice Bideau set out to create an energy-efficient home in Sainte-Anne-d'Auray, an environmentally protected area that is home to the Sainte-Anne-d’Auray Basilica, one of the most important pilgrimage destinations in France. Bideau relied upon bio-sourced materials for the project, using tissue fiber wood, brick, concrete, and raw earth to insure the home remains cool in summer and retains heat in winter. 

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Originally appeared in A Cozy, Well-Sealed Cottage in Northwest France Goes Green
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Suzanne Shelton built a "little cottage to get away to" on Tennessee's Norris Lake that's equipped with both rainwater-harvesting and solar-power systems for off-the-grid living.

Suzanne Shelton built a "little cottage to get away to" on Tennessee's Norris Lake that's equipped with both rainwater-harvesting and solar-power systems for off-the-grid living. 

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Exterior view of modern cottage in Maine

The Porter cottage makes the most of its unwieldy site on an island 20 miles off the coast of Maine. The cottage was sited as close to the water as legally allowed to take advantage of the views and far enough away from the graywater leach field where the soil is deep enough to allow for proper run off. The screen porch was angled to capture direct southern exposure for the solar panels. 

Photo by Eirik Johnson.

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