Turn your home into a sto­ry­book cot­tage

This Michi­gan cot­tage gets a makeover that’s fit for the pages of a sto­ry­book.

Cottages & Bungalows - - Contents - BY VIC­TO­RIA VAN VLEAR PHO­TOG­RA­PHY BY KATE BEN­JAMIN DE­SIGN BY MAINSTREET DE­SIGN BUILD

al­ways had a se­cret de­sire to live in a sto­ry­book cot­tage.

Like the cot­tages of Snow White with her seven dwarves and Princess Aurora with her fairy god­moth­ers, the sto­ry­book cot­tage is charm­ing and ro­man­tic. For this Fern­dale, Michi­gan, home, the trans­for­ma­tion from plain to quaint was noth­ing short of mag­i­cal too. “The goal was to com­pletely trans­form the home’s ex­te­rior into a charm­ing cot­tage with­out chang­ing the foot­print,” says Steven Ra­maek­ers, Di­rec­tor of Ar­chi­tec­ture at MainStreet De­sign Build. Here are a few of the el­e­ments that con­trib­ute to the fin­ished re­sult.

SID­ING

The home’s orig­i­nal façade was brick, but the home­own­ers wanted more charm, which meant adding wood. Steve in­cor­po­rated shake sid­ing into the ex­ist­ing brick and stone, which cre­ated a lay­ered feel that show­cases the cot­tage ap­peal. “Ty­ing to­gether the old stone and brick façade with a sided perime­ter and rear el­e­va­tion was def­i­nitely a de­sign chal­lenge,” he says.

ROOFLINE

The home al­ready had an A-line gable in front, but Steve added an­other layer with an en­try por­tico. “The por­tico aligns with the roofline of the main gable,” he says, which si­mul­ta­ne­ously cre­ates sym­me­try on the right and in­ter­est on the left, where the lines of the two gables break away from each other. The slight curve and asym­me­try on the por­tico gable, a style called a cat-slide roof, is ic­ing on the cake, con­tribut­ing to the fairy-tale look.

AR­CHI­TEC­TURAL DE­TAILS

These el­e­ments in­clude the cus­tom cor­bels, shut­ters and win­dow boxes. “Cus­tom cor­bels along the roofline and new win­dow boxes add to the charm­ing de­tail,” Steve says. The cor­bels sit at the bases and apexes of the gables, as well as un­der­neath the win­dow boxes, which adds to the co­he­sion of the de­sign. “The red shut­ters are the fin­ish­ing touch,” he says, and in­deed, af­ter such well-placed el­e­ments, the fin­ished re­sult is prac­ti­cally per­fect in ev­ery way.

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