“Cinderella never asked for a prince. She asked for a night off and a dress.” – Author Kiera Cass
I think if Cinderella got that night off, she’d like to spend it at home, here, in this charming cottage style home (Cobblestone C-2685) https://www.lchouseplans.com/product/cobblestone/ with 2,685 square feet of comfort. With 4 bedrooms, and 2 full and 1 half baths, there’s no fighting for a shower or place to primp and prepare for any occasion, even if you have visitors.
Don’t be fooled by the term ‘cottage’ and assume it’s a little or a cute house in a storybook you’ve read. This lovely home does not require a spot ‘at the edge of a large evergreen laden forest.” It doesn’t sit along a mystical path lined with cookies and sweets to entice you in. Cottage style plans, regardless of size (and they can be big), give us the covered front porch. A house with Cottage style can reflect many others, such as Craftsman, Farmhouse and European with French or English influence. What is common in the thread of Cottage style is the warm, cozy look and feel as well as picturesque details. Wood beams, stone, cedar shake, brick and stucco are common building materials in this architectural style.
From the front of this home, you notice the cottage influences of cedar shake siding, stonework, the tapered columns (common in Craftsman style), peeking dormer and yes, the charm of a covered front porch. This plan also shows a very charming cottage roof- line, reminiscent of farmhouse style. This home already says, “YES, I’ve been waiting for you. Come in, be comfortable.” With a double opening front door that is top to bottom wood-framed glass, you’re sure to let in light that will be great in brightening your gathering room inside.
Take your glass slippers off as you cross the threshold of peace and comfort. Your soft, shearling-lined slippers await you in either your large, open gathering room or the small foyer entrance. If you prefer, a small, but padded bench and coat rack is ideal in the foyer so you can hang your daily cares, take the cloak of your heavy load off, remove the tired shoes of life and slip into your comfy slippers, breathing deeply. Relax. You’re home.
The large, welcoming gathering room has a fireplace for cool days and nights, entertaining guests and for just enjoying alone time because you deserve it. Flanking the fireplace could be quaint built-in bookshelves or a long bench for sitting and reading. This is an open floor plan and spaces move seamlessly into each other.
From the gathering room, your staircase up is ‘off to the side’ and not intrusive into other areas of the house. The dining room has columns, defining its edges and a look of a hallway to other parts of the house. Another cool feature to this space is the elongated counter and opening, from the kitchen, to the dining room, where you can add barstools. Also from your dining room are doors to your front covered porch. Your U-shaped kitchen has plenty of counter space for having a crowd, or pleasure cooking and baking for yourself. There is also a small pantry in the area. Behind your kitchen is a decent hallway area, ideal for counters and top cabinetry, a laundry room and a door leading to your outdoor covered porch.
Having the option of 2 covered porches, one in front and one in back is a charming situation. Again, the back porch has the classic tapered columns and cobbled stone bases of Craftsman style. A grill, small table, chairs and plants will be perfect here. Perhaps a firepit too? This might keep the big-bad wolves of night away.
Yes, there is a 2-car garage. Detached. Don’t sweat this. You won’t spoil your favorite dress or yoga clothes while moving between the garage and house, your covered breezeway rescues you from beating rain or rays of hot sun. Imagine the path of cobblestones, patterned brick design or a beautiful, colorful mosaic to welcome you home every time you’re ready to head into the house.
Coming back into your home through the back door, you’ll pass an entrance to your first-floor master suite. You will love the ease, convenience and practicality of a first-floor master. Your suite has a double vanity sink, again, ideal for primping and getting ready to go to a fancy ball or staying in and chilling for a night. A large tub, under a window, and a separate shower are perfect for quick washes or luxurious time to soak your day away.
Head up your stairs to the second story and the extra 3 bedrooms or 2 bedrooms and a study/office/enjoyment space. Each of the suites is large and share a jack and jill (shared between them) bathroom. Each suite has its own walk-in closet. For the bathroom, the sink area is separated by doors on both ends, to the commode/bathing area. If you are entertaining a crowd, like Snow White and her 7 dwarf friends, you’ll appreciate the extra space of a 4th suite/study. This suite has its own walk-in closet, bath with sink and shared common space but is great for an office, gym equipment or soft furniture and a big screen tv. There is a dormer in this room, allowing for more light and character.
No matter what you do in this space, let your inner, hardworking, rest-deserving Cinderella take a break. Put on your glass slippers and fancy dress. Put on your sherpa slippers and warm pj’s. Either way, be the princess in your comfortable palace and let home be your haven. With this plan, you can’t go wrong.
Make this your own. Welcome Home.