- Fireside Cottage
ur cozy Fireside Cottage is designed in the Tudor style so prevalent across the English countryside and made popular in America in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
The Tudor style is easily recognized because of its characteristic timber structural detailing with herringbone brick or stucco infill. It has its roots in England where half-timbering became popular because it provided a cost effective, quick, easy way of getting a house built. The style, "Tudor", takes its name from the era during which it evolved... the reigns of the Tudor Monarchs. Ultimately, the half-timbering became less functional and more decorative, resulting in elaborate patterns and a very distinctive appearance. These houses are typical of the southeast and the west Midlands of Great Britain.
The Tudor style flourished in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries and experienced a revival in the early nineteenth century when elaborate country estates were constructed in the Tudor manner. These houses had a "romantic" quality that reminded one of the architecture of Shakespeare's time and evoked a calmer, more simple era. Thus the origins of the Romantic movement in English residential design had their beginnings.
Walking up to the Fireside cottage, one is immediately reminded of a simpler era. The house has features that could have come straight from the English countryside of the eighteenth or nineteenth century. It is truly a storybook house, in appearance, yet designed inside for today's comfortable lifestyles. Its massive, ornate brick chimney with herringbone brick in-fill and half-timbered gabled facade are tucked inside a courtyard that would be the perfect setting for an English garden. Exposed rafter tails and other traditional detailing add character and scale.
Upon entry, one is greeted by a open, circular stair, and a step down to a surprisingly large, open great room with, vaulted, beamed ceiling, and fireplace flanked by tall windows. The opposite end of the room features a large, curved window to allow for expansive views to the outside. A small, walled terrace is accessed through two sets of French doors on one side.
An open, modern kitchen and eating area open to the great room and have access to a large terrace behind. A laundry and powder room are conveniently located just off the kitchen. The large master bedroom with fireplace and bath with tub and shower are easily accessible off the kitchen behind the circular stair.
- Fireside Cottage
At the top of the stairs, a curved wall leads back to two guest bedrooms with shared bath. A large clerestory window over the front door creates a very interesting, bright space looking down from the upstairs landing to the hall below. A cozy study overlooks the great room and is the perfect place for a home office, or sunny reading nook.
In all, this 1,810 square foot cottage has surprising features and usable space not often seen in a cozy cottage.
- Come home to Fireside Cottage!
We created an alternate version of our Fireside Cottage Main Floor with optional revisions to the master bath, kitchen and Laundry. This utilizes existing space, but creates an access through the laundry to the outside giving the kitchen its own door and a convenient way to connect to a detached garage.
In addition, we have replaced the tub in the master bath with a large, walk-in shower. The walk-in master closet now connects directly to the laundry, making it extra convenient in many ways. In addition a few subtle modificaions to the kitchen create a very livable space.
Our thatched version of the Fireside Cottage has a basement and added living space for an even more livable house. As shown here, careful attention has been paid to detailing a true thatched roof along with other textural and finish modifications to make it look truly like an authentic English Cottage. Of course this plan is available with shakes, slate, tile, or composite roofing material, depending on your preference.
- Fireside Cottage "B" With Thatched Roof
- Fireside Cottage "B" with Basement, Library, and Expanded Master Suite.
Our Fireside Cottage"B" has some nice added features. It has been expanded to include a basement, library off the great room, expanded master bath and laundry leading to an optional garage with work space above.
- Basement level
The basement has a wine tasting room at the foot of the winding stairs from the foyer above. In addition storage and a room for work or exercise add useful space within the same footprint. A stair from the basement allows for access to the basement from the outside.
- Fireside Cottage Carriage House (Optional)
Our Fireside Cottage Carriage House has space for two vehicles, a small work area and an office or living space above. It is connected by a covered link to the main house.
- Garage Bonus Space
- Fireside Cottage ("B" modified) With Two Car Garage
Our Fireside Cottage "B" Custom plan takes the Fireside Cottage and flips the plan, stretches out the great room, adds a terrace, and a garage linked by a lovely breezeway. The one pictured here modifies the traditional exterior color scheme with more neutrals and soft colors which gives the house an updated look. The same could be done with any of the Fireside plans if desired.
Photography Compliments of Home Track Real Estate Marketing and Hubble Bisbee Group, Realtors
- A "Classic" house plan designed exclusively for the Southern Living House Plan Program.
3 Bedrooms 2 1/2 Baths
Vaulted ceiling in Great Room
Ceiling heights 9'-0"
Overall Dimensions: 51' W X 37'-4" D
(6" stone veneer, stucco with half timbering, brick accents)
- This plan is designed to allow a basement walk-out to be added if desired.
- Also available with Thatched roof as Fireside Cottage "B" (Below)
- Optional 2 car garage available
Great Room 18'-0"x19'-0"
Master Bedroom 13'x15'
Reading Nook 7'x9'
Bedroom #2 11'x12'
Bedroom #3 12'x13'-6"
Alternate Main Floor Plan
(Kitchen, Laundry, Master Bath)
Fireside "B" (Available with Thatched Roof)
Stucco with thin stone veneer and cast brick accents
- Added 18'x18' Library
- Expanded Master Bath/Laundry
381 SF (Finished)
748 sf (Unfinished)
Fireside Cottage "B" Custom
With two car, Detached Garage