4 Unique Architectural Styles for Your Cottage

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The style of the house is a part of its owner’s taste, social status, and personality. There are plenty of styles and designs, which can make your cottage unique and eye-catching.

Mediterranean Style

You can see this type of cottages on the coasts of Greece, Spain, Italy, and France. The two main features are flat metal roofing, which is often used as a summer veranda, and the lightest color palette for the facade. Panoramic glazing or simply large windows are popular, as well. A good addition to such a house will be a pond or a pool, since the style is originally marine.

Chalet Style

This style is a feature of Alpine resorts. Natural materials are used in construction to create a sense of warmth. Real chalets are built of coniferous wood and stone: the stone is used in the foundation and ground floor, and the wood is for the upper level. A must-have element is a sloping roof, which hangs over the walls. As a rule, there is a rather spacious terrace, ideally along the entire perimeter of the house. If this is not possible, there must be at least a balcony.

Fachwerk Style

This German style uses special frame structures of horizontal and vertical beams inclined under different angles. The beams do not just serve as the basis of the design; they’re highlight of the fachwerk style. The frame itself is filled with clay, clay brick or natural stones. As for the colors, the walls are light, and the beams are dark and noticeable. Many metal roofing contractors now offer fachwerk houses with panoramic glazing as a modification to the original style.

Irish Style

This style is distinguished by its simplicity and functionality. The house should go well with the surrounding nature. That’s why natural colors (especially green) are popular. The house itself can be built with stone or brick. The roof is usually sloped, made of tiles. Most often, it has a complex form – for example, a layered one. The most common option is building several small roofs in one house.

These styles are not for everyone because they suit different people and weather conditions. Feel free to mix and match them to create your own unique style.

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