Enchanting and inviting, the cottage evokes thoughts of childhood and fairy tales. One can only imagine walking down a windy path and catching a glimpse of a small home through the trees. Smoke coming from the chimney, it is warm, comfortable and provides shelter and protection from the outside world.
Cottages can take many forms such as the beach, country, contemporary or rustic and they have many features in common; however, the cottage is more than a physical structure, it represents a feeling and a lifestyle. The essence of the cottage lies in its casualness and its simplicity. Enjoyment of life, friends, and family are key and the cottage is designed to bring together these elements with central gathering areas, multiple, large porches and patios and abundant windows and doors that allow light and nature into the home. Nestled amongst the trees in the country, perched over a mountain lake or lying peacefully at the end of windy, sea grass path on a beach, it appears as an extension of nature. Some common features of cottages include:
Because of its low maintenance features and durability, such as the ability to withstand wind loads up to 215 mph (based upon type), Exterior Portfolio™ by Crane products are ideal for cottage homes. SOLID CORE™ insulated backing provides an energy efficient envelope that keeps it warm and cozy in the winter and cool in the summer. With an extensive line of styles, colors and textures, there are infinite design options that allow you to customize your look to your life and your style. One design idea for a Country Cottage is: