The client purchased this 80-acre property as a weekend equestrian retreat. She wanted a small home that would look as if it had been on the property for years, handed down through generations. We chose the shingle cottage style to evoke memories of country homes and cottages built at the turn of the century. The home is of modest size, for one person and a guest, and there is also an additional guest house on the grounds for when she entertains and needs extra room. This way the house she lived in would not be too large when she was there without guests.
The home is designed to take full advantage of the sweeping meadow in which it is located, with a wrap-around covered porch, a stone breakfast terrace, a screened-in porch, as well as a second floor sleeping porch for summer nights.
Inside, the materials and detailing are country cottage, with rustic stone fireplaces and Douglas fir floors. The furnishings are antique and look as if they've been collected over the years. The master bath uses classic fixtures, such as a claw-foot tub and painted wood floors, to give it a timeless feeling.
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