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Hillside Cottage: A Full Set of Plans (and Ideas)

February 3, 2012 | 9 Comments | Hillside Cottage, Planning
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If these plans look a little rumpled it’s definitely not because I’ve been sleeping snuggled up to them for the last week. I swear.


I actually hauled my old dining room table to the middle of the living room so that I would have a place to keep the plans out so I can peruse them at my leisure. And sometimes bat my eyelashes at them when I walk by.


A full set of complete plans means it’s time to get down to the serious business of picking stuff. Or even better, building stuff.


I’m hoping to spend next week hammering out the details of the exterior and most of the interior spaces. A job I hope will be much easier since I basically just got done picking out all of the important parts of the Memorial House, so I have a good baseline for what I like.

Here are some inspiration photos I’m using to help make my final determinations on the look and feel of the place:


What’s appealing to me right at the moment are these adorable white-washed stucco cottages.

Source: via Kit on Pinterest


Although the darker, rustic, timberframe look always tugs at my heartstrings, too.


Interior Entryway

I’m 110% sure I’ll be using a brick veneer on the floor in the entryway and half bath downstairs.


I’m usually not a herringbone fan either, but that kitchen may have sold me on it.



For upstairs, I’m pretty sold on wood floors, white walls, and black doors.

Source: via Kit on Pinterest


Still not sure on the kitchen cabinetry, although I’m leaning towards white on the bottom and wood on the top.

Source: via Kit on Pinterest


Or crazy rustic on the wood…

Source: Uploaded by user via Kit on Pinterest


The “peninsula” will definitely be something big and heavy like this.


And there will be color!

Source: via Kit on Pinterest



There are definitely going to be some built-ins, although you guys convinced me out of doing the twin-bed-built-in-couch and getting a futon that can pull out to a double bed for guests instead.


I definitely planned a space for a nook-desk as well.


And for the washer/dryer to look like built-in cabinetry, instead of having closet doors I will never close. Something like this:

Source: via Kit on Pinterest


But with a butcher block top and awesome backsplash, like this:


Full Bath

I’m actually tempted just to completely replicate the Rustic Beachy Bath from Memorial, because I totally never got to enjoy it. Although there won’t be a spot for those awesome standing stone pebbles.


Although I’m definitely going to have to tile the floor so I can install more under-floor heating (another thing I never got to enjoy to it’s fullest extent.)

Since it’s a smaller bathroom, I may build something like this for the vanity:



The bedroom isn’t huge, and I’ve already started collecting the things I’ll need like my farm-table vanity, and the Pipe Dream bed (that I’m starting on this weekend).

Source: via Kit on Pinterest

(Also, sorry for any whacked-out formatting on this page. Love pinterest, hate their embed code.)

Next week I’ll be getting into specific materials, colors, hardware, and appliances for each room.

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  • Peg

    The rustic timberframe exterior has my vote (in case you’re undecided)… Beautiful inspirational photos — whatever you end up doing, I know it will be spectacular!

  • Nicole @ Post Grad

    Yeah I’m with Peg.. I just love that look especially with how the interior is going to look. So exciting to see the plans and I can’t wait to hear how the bed turns out. After building my dining room table with a pipe base (My God I’m behind on posting about that! I’ll do that this weekend.) I’m definitely inspired to tackle a bigger project. If I wasn’t living in a rental, I’d do my closet like you did in Memorial. I absolutely loathe those cheap white wire shelves. Also, all those built-ins you’ve got planned? Awesome.

  • Beth

    Just a word of advice from someone who lives in a rental with brick floors: they look so dirty if not maintained (or at least I assume a lack of cleaning from previous residents is the issue). I don’t have a steam cleaner, but I’ve mopped the hell out of those things, and they still look filthy. Thought I’d give you a heads up, though that herringbone is to die for. I would pick a favorite exterior look, but they’re all too cute to choose from :). Thanks for the blog, I love it!

  • Jen @ Rambling Renovators

    You’re full of great ideas! I really like how your style has become more focused since the Memorial house. The Hillside Cottage is going to look fabulous. I love the herringbone brick and I totally think you should redo the rustic beach bath – it was so pretty.

  • Hillary

    I have a good friend with brick floors in her kitchen. They’re gorgeous and rustic, but they’re sealed.

    I’m stoked to follow your journey with this cottage. Love it all so far!!

  • Sarah

    A)I repin the hell out of your pins on pinterest. Sorry.

    B)Have you found the land?

    C)I love all of this.

  • Your Mom

    Those dark doors are amazing and I love how they are over-sized. They seem majestic. Also, the light/dark contrast is interesting and appealing.

  • Robin @ 3 Acres & 3000 sf

    I like the dark rustic exterior and the white with wood kitchen cabinets. So exciting to have your plans finalized! I love that desk with the out of site storage and all of the built ins around the couch. Good luck finding some place to built this now!

  • hjc

    How exciting! Your ideas are amazing. Just a thought – black base cabinets in the kitchen (with white, light or wood uppers) would “play” very nicely with your planned black doors in the rest of the space. This could be especially important with your open layout where everything will be connected visually. Also, after everything you went through to find just the right tile for the beachy bath, I vote you use it again. You are an inspiration always!

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