Arts & Crafts Cottage

The 1906 Adirondack-style lodge featured a rubble-stone replacement, birch stair handrails and details, and a living room that spanned the view side of the house, in measure for its connection to the heart of the arts and crafts period. It also possessed a colorful history. We wanted to preserve the legacy while giving the home a twenty-first-century life. Deciding what to keep and what to add proved relatively uncomplicated. Everyone loved the original core. Taking cues from the existing architecture, they extended a new wing off the side, with a kitchen, family room, and guest quarters on the ground floor. The second story included a primary suite, a child bedroom, and support spaces. The end product was not slavishly in the period. Yet it was nonetheless “authentic”: a layered richness of outcomes that spanned countries and epochs, united by a respect for history and a love of the craft. All qualities that distinguished the shingle style when it was new now serve to make it distinctive and thoroughly of our time.

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