A Modern Cottage
Category: $500,000 to $999,999
Winning Team: Builder | Jeff Fahrlander of Fahrlander Custom Homes Inc.; Architect | Chris Ball of Ball Architects PC; Interior Designer | Jacque Ramsey of Ball Architects PC
Ball Architects and Fahrlander Custom Homes helped these homeowners downsize to a cozy cottage without forgoing their affinity for clean lines and spacious rooms.
If downsizing with comfort and luxury in mind is possible, and this modern cottage is proof. In this project, architect Chris Ball laid the plans for large open spaces that flowed into one another, which prevented the home from feeling too small or cramped.
Although the home only features three bedrooms and three bathrooms, the liveable square footage totals 2,500. The extra space allowed interior designer Jacque Ramsey to select large furniture with warm, earthy tones, which gave a nod to the traditional cottage look.
Making room for the new build required tearing down a few trees, but Jeff Fahrlander of Fahrlander Custom Homes worked with Knot2Rustic to repurpose the wood to build tables, island tops and the front doors.
Throughout the home, picture windows tucked away in unique places invite nature inside. For example, an atrium above the kitchen funnels light from all cardinal directions, creating an airy look no matter the time of day.
“The whole house was designed to feel much bigger than it is, and to provide a constant connection to the outdoors from almost every space that we could,” says Chris Ball, architect at Ball Architects.