Pack a big curb-ap­peal punch

How tiny homes man­age to pack a big punch of per­son­al­ity.

Cottages & Bungalows - - Contents - BY VIC­TO­RIA VAN VLEAR PHO­TOG­RA­PHY BY GAP IN­TE­RI­ORS

We’ve all seen them: mini maisons crammed with charisma or tiny jewel boxes filled to the brim with charm.

But how do these diminu­tive dwellings man­age to have so much char­ac­ter? What is it that gives the clas­sic tiny cot­tage its dreamy style and wow fac­tor? Here are some es­sen­tials.

Roofline. There are many roof shapes that can work with cot­tage style, but the key is hav­ing mul­ti­ple sec­tions to the roofline. This home sports a hip roof with two hip-and-val­ley sec­tions in the front. This makes the home sym­met­ri­cal and pro­vides in­ter­est in the roofline. On a sin­gle-story home like this, the hip-and-val­ley sec­tions cre­ate di­men­sion. You want to avoid a sin­gle, flat roof.

Sid­ing. When it comes to cot­tage sid­ing, stay away from stucco, and go with wood or brick. Cot­tage wood op­tions in­clude board and bat­ten, bead­board, shiplap and shin­gle sid­ing. This home sports an­other clas­sic, clap­board, which works well with the shin­gle roof, and its pale gray color off­sets the white trim and blue shut­ters. Be aware that while wood sid­ing looks amaz­ing, it can be dif­fi­cult to care for, es­pe­cially if you live in a damp cli­mate.

Shut­ters and front door. There’s noth­ing that will add more cot­tage charm to your home than shut­ters and a cute front door. On this home, it’s the shut­ters that stand out, navy blue against the pale gray sid­ing. On other homes, it’s a brightly-col­ored front door that pro­vides a pop of color and the wow fac­tor. If you want to go the ex­tra mile, in­stall a Dutch door so you can open the top half to bring in the breeze.

Front porch. You don’t need a full wrap­around porch, but hav­ing some type of front porch, por­tico or walkway is es­sen­tial. On this home, a few steps lead to an open porch with a white picket rail, white­washed bench and pil­lows that match the navy blue of the shut­ters. Not only does the open porch make the home feel invit­ing, but the seat­ing area and pil­lows add a hint of in­te­rior lux­ury that makes passersby want to come in and stay awhile. Don’t have room for a porch? A wood bench un­der a front-yard tree would achieve the same ef­fect.

Land­scap­ing. Land­scap­ing will make or break your curb ap­peal. This home is charm­ing, not just be­cause of the ar­chi­tec­ture, which soft­ens the tran­si­tion from the grass to the ex­te­rior walls, but also be­cause of the green lawn, full shrubs and bloom­ing hy­drangeas along the front of the house. The wind­ing brick path­way also draws the eye to the front door in an in­ter­est­ing way.

While brightly col­ored flow­ers are al­ways a plus, you don’t have to have sea­sonal blooms to make your yard look well-tended. An am­bling brick path­way does a great job of adding in­ter­est and draw­ing the eye to the front door.

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