ARTS & CRAFTS COTTAGE ADDITION, BELLE TERRE, NY
The owners of this lovely English cottage wanted to reconcile the character of the front to the rear of the house, thereby erasing the inappropriate Mansard roof which was part of a misguided 1970s addition. The new addition includes an oak paneled library, guest bedroom, and mud room/laundry on the first floor, and master suite on the second floor. The Kitchen in the original house has also been completely renovated to create a large Kitchen & Breakfast area with custom cherry cabinetry. FS Architects also designed a new detached three-car garage in the same style.
Sophisticated details, such as the deep, open eave and eyebrow dormers, extend around from the original house to the addition and new rear facade. The roof has a distinctive shingle pattern where every fourth row of shingles is doubled up to create a stronger horizontal line. We continued the episodic nature of the front facade around the new side and rear elevations so they blend seamlessly with the original house.
Although this Arts & Crafts Cottage is whimsical in it's asymmetry, the continuity of the detailing is the key to this successful addition. By removing the jarring and incongruous additions, FS Architects returned the client’s house to its original, classic elegance.