His­tory Re­born

This new-build neigh­bor­hood re­vives the past with a cel­e­bra­tion of clas­sic ar­chi­tec­ture.

Cottages & Bungalows - - Curb Appeal - BY JICKIE TOR­RES

The Har­bor Cot­tages in down­town Har­bor Springs, Michi­gan,

may trans­port you to the past, but you might be sur­prised to learn they were built to­day. A sus­tain­able, pe­riod-sen­si­tive de­vel­op­ment project by The Cot­tage Com­pany, a de­sign/ build firm in north Michi­gan, this new-old neigh­bor­hood was con­ceived as a way to take con­tem­po­rary ideals of ur­ban in­fill—build­ing walk­a­ble dy­namic com­mu­ni­ties that make the most ef­fec­tive use of space—and ap­ply a vin­tage lens to them, prov­ing that mod­ern ideas can be ex­e­cuted with old-fash­ioned style.

“Here in north­ern Michi­gan you of­ten see tra­di­tional East Coast shin­gle-styled cot­tages with a bit of Vic­to­rian in­flu­ence,” says Rob Moss­burg, founder and prin­ci­pal of The Cot­tage Com­pany. “The ‘new ur­ban­ist’ ap­proach to this over­all de­vel­op­ment, which we re­ally like to call ‘old ur­ban­ism’ is part and par­cel of its ar­chi­tec­ture.”

For Rob, what de­fines this par­tic­u­lar home is a com­bi­na­tion of how the lot is used along with the charm­ing de­tails of the ex­ten­sive ex­te­rior mill­work, trim and de­tails such as flower boxes and finials. “[It’s got a] sen­si­ble scale and is adapted to a nar­row in-town lot—we did a ‘cam­pus style’ ap­proach with de­sign­ing the lot with a main house, de­tached car­riage house, pot­ting shed.”

Here are a few of our fa­vorite curb-ap­peal lessons from this project.

THE CHARM OF COLOR

Paint is a pow­er­ful way to cap­ture the essence of an era. This two-tone pal­ette of white with a cus­tom green shade re­vives a tra­di­tional color scheme and im­me­di­ately com­mu­ni­cates the pe­riod style of the home.

A GOOD FAÇADE

By chang­ing up the sid­ing styles (hor­i­zon­tal lap sid­ing on the bot­tom floor, ver­ti­cal board and bat­ten on the top), the de­sign­ers not only add more in­ter­est, but also they give the cot­tage a ru­ral farm­house feel.

WOOD TRIM

A nat­u­ral-stained-wood fin­ish for the porch step rails and the gable bracket punc­tu­ate the ar­chi­tec­ture and add warm con­trast. The front door in the same look is the per­fect fin­ish­ing touch. What else high­lights all the thought­ful de­tail work? “The sim­ple 2-over-2 muntin bar win­dow styles, the wel­com­ing porch steps, the open rafter tails, even the way the din­ing room bumps out. There are no flat el­e­va­tions; there is al­ways in­ter­est go­ing on and three di­men­sions,” Rob says.

MAKE IT WEL­COM­ING

The large front porch and sin­gle front door cre­ate a cozy, invit­ing vibe. With the garages in the back, the em­pha­sis of the façade stays strictly on the en­try—just as it should be!

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