Next summer we will demolish an old cottage and build a new one on a small lot, directly by the seaside. The lot is small (about 75 by 55 feet), irregular in shape (see the plan of the lot), and located on a steep slope. Because of the small size of the lot, and the zoning bylaws, the cottage can be no more (and no less...) than 20 by 30 feet.
For the last year, we have juggled with many concepts for that cottage. We are now mostly happy with the solutions we have found (see the plans and elevations attached), but we need some help with the design of the outside envelope.
As you will see in the plans and elevations, there are quite a lot of decks attached to the planned cottage. There are two main reasons for this: 1) the view of the sea and the islands just in front of the cottage is breathtaking and, 2) there is no place where you can put a chair or a table on the lot (it is rocky and steep all the way to the sea). Most of our outside life is therefore spent on these decks. There are two main decks: the one at the upper level is an open sky deck, the lower one is mostly screened. The part of the deck on the western side of the cottage is sunny in the morning, and the deck adjacent to the seaside facade is sunny in the afternoon.
Due to the slope, we can see three stories from the seaside: the basement, the bedrooms floor and the upper floor, where we have the kitchen, the living and dining rooms. At the opposite, from the street side we can only see 1 1/2 stories, and the upper floor is about 2 or 3 feet lower than the road. As some parts of the bedrooms floor will be underneath the surface of the lot, we suppose that all or part of that floor will have to be built in concrete.
We are looking for advice on how to design the four facades. The one we really don't like is the street side facade. The three other facades are OK with us, but could surely be designed more elegantly.
We want our cottage to have a «coastal look». On both side of the house, the neighbors have small summer cottages (photos attached). Those cottages are quite near our lot. We don't want to look the same, but we also don't want to be too different.
The size of the cottage and the size of the decks can't change because of the zoning bylaws. We also don't want to change the overall interior floor plans. So the windows and doors should mostly stay where they are, even if they could change in style or size.
On the street side facade we have planned a small footbridge to connect the cottage to the road. If the propositions for that side should contain a deck or a porch, it could not be more than 6 feet long, because of the zoning bylaws. The street is very close to the cottage (about 25 feet), and we want to keep our privacy, so we don't want big windows on that side of the cottage.
The roof of the cottage could be different. There is no flat roof in the area. Some are made in metal, some in asphalt shingles. The cottage is located in Canada, in an area with heavy snowfall in winter.
We would like to have wooden sidings on the cottage. For maintenance considerations (sun, wind and salty water) we prefer opaque and light colors. We like the products of a local manufacturer (www.maibec.com), but are open to different propositions.
We are on tight budget for this project. This is a summer cottage. We need brilliant ideas, but not costly ones.
We are looking for advice on how to design the four facades.
We want our cottage to have a «coastal look».
We don't want to change significantly the floor plans we have already designed. We look for ideas for the different facades of the planned cottage.
Integration with neighbors' cottages
suggestions of materials