Classic Farmhouse Meets Cozy Cottage
Shelter. Family. Comfort. When imagining a farmhouse or cottage, these are the words that come to mind. This is why the teams at Cottages & Bungalows and American Farmhouse Style magazine came together to imagine, plan, and blend the best of both styles into one dream cottage farmhouse located in idyllic Springfield, New Hampshire.
Generally, cottage- and farmhouse-style homes each have their own distinguishing features. For example, cottages tend to have vaulted ceilings and exposed beams, and farmhouse-inspired homes are known for their white exteriors, metal roofs, sturdy porches, and cupolas (small dome or rectangular structures on top of a roof – historically used as lookouts or bell towers and in modern day for ventilation or to add light).
Even with their differences, the two styles complement each other well. In the New Hampshire home, the design team incorporated wide plank flooring, open kitchen shelving, and lots of natural light – popular features to both styles. A great room/dining room with stacked, expansive Marvin Signature Ultimate line windows provides a front row seat to the change in seasons.
“There is currently a huge demand for more glass and blurred lines between interior and exterior spaces,” said Jeffrey Rosen, creative director and co-owner of Yankee Barn Homes, this home’s builder. “We continually expand the boundaries between a home’s interior and the surrounding exterior by incorporating more and more windows and glass doors. Fortunately, window technology has kept up to speed with this desire. Insulation and light protection qualities are inherent in today’s Marvin products, allowing us to install as much glass as a homeowner could ever want.”
A fireplace and various reading nooks keep the farmhouse cottage feeling cozy throughout every room.
This home demonstrates the endless options when designing a home, and how two styles can seamlessly — and beautifully — come together.