Cottage Curb Appeal

The Cottage resident had the idea that she would like the hodgepodge of leaky windows in the Cottage replaced with more energy efficient ones.

The Cottage windows are charming but drafty.
The Cottage windows are charming but drafty.

That’s OK with me.

A little roof over the doorway would be both attractive and practical.
A little roof over the doorway would be both attractive and practical.

While her contractor was by I made the suggestion of putting a little roof over her doorway to tie the look of the Cottage entrance to the house.

The front of our house has a gabled porch roof.
The front of our house has a gabled porch roof.
There is also a similar shaped dormer over the French doors leading from the master bedroom to the roof deck.
There is also a similarly shaped dormer over the French doors leading from the master bedroom to the roof deck.

The house has gable-ended roofs so I suggested the same for the Cottage because I think repeating shapes helps the overall design.

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A small roof over an exterior door provides shelter while finding one’s keys.
This roof with a closed front seems more substantial.
This roof with a closed front seems more substantial.

I found some inspiration photos.

This is a sweet cottage-style entrance.
This is a sweet cottage-style entrance.

After looking at them the Cottage dweller decided she likes an open front.

A quick mock-up of a roof over the Cottage door.
A quick mock-up of a roof over the Cottage door.

I discussed with the carpenter about having the roofline of the new entry cover parallel the Cottage roof.

View from the 2nd story of the house.
View from the 2nd story of the house.

From the master bedroom deck the Cottage would look nice with a little roof over the front door.

Are you planning an exterior beautification project?

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

8 thoughts on “Cottage Curb Appeal”

  1. Exciting! Both new windows and door roof are great improvements. It’s sad to see the old windows go but her comfort level will be greatly improved.

    1. Before we lived at this property an architect and his wife lived here for a long time. I think he took leftover salvage from jobs and put them in the Cottage piece by piece to create an office for himself. All the windows are mismatched. Jo

    1. Storm windows would be a pain due to the weird casement windows on the sides of the Cottage. The windows and frames are not in especially good shape anyway, some rot happening. Jo

  2. DUH! It never occurred to me that the Cottage was a converted garage! I thought you simply didn’t have one. Any plans to build one? The entrance gable will look great.

    1. The garage was converted before I moved in 20 years ago but I’m sure the door was one garage door and the windows were the other. I’m not planning to add a garage for our cars. Jo

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