The Newcastle Cottage was designed for a retired couple. Due to the house being the second on the property, we were limited to a maximum size of 1,200 square feet. So we designed this little house to give it a light airy feeling, a flow through spaces to expand the footprint of the home visually, and tucked in storage and built-ins wherever opportunities arose.
The main living space includes the living room, dining area and kitchen. To allow flexibility for larger gatherings, the dining room was designed with a long built-in seat, with loads of storage beneath the cushions. The kitchen is flanked on either end by cabinetry to create a sense of separation from the living room. The short hallway extending from the kitchen to the backdoor maintains the high ceiling height of the great room, and includes a built-in desk and book cases. Even the master bedroom has a window seat tucked in and upper storage above the closets for seasonal items.
A variety of outdoor spaces were designed around the house to offer patio dining areas tucked in between the oak trees, gardens exposed to the sun, and filtered light beneath trellised spaces. These spaces help to anchor the home and expand the livable areas in temperate months.
Within 1,200 square feet, we managed to create an open spacious home with two bedrooms, two full baths, and plenty of space to entertain. Surprisingly, our clients have told us that their new kitchen is actually larger than the kitchen in their old 3,000 square foot home! By truly prioritizing needs and the clever use of space, this little cottage home provides for all of our clients’ needs while simplifying their lives.
Photographer: Dave Adams Photography