Pour On the Cottage Charm
Classic cottage essentials: Copper mailbox, (25599), $169; grandinroad.com
1. Leveled the roofline. "This house wanted to be symmetrical," says Ross. A continuous roofline and third dormer did the trick.
2. Upgraded the add-on. "The side needed to feel like part of the same song but a different verse," he says. He enclosed the porch and added a shed-style dormer.
3. Unified the walls. Switching the siding and bricks to cottage-appropriate cedar-shake shingles cleaned up the exterior.
Classic cottage essentials: Front door paint, Quarry (23-26) prattandlambert.com
Classic cottage essentials: Cedar shutters, (NDB), shown custom painted, from $130/pair; finelinemillwork.com
Classic cottage essentials: Garage door pull, (15), $60; williamsburgblacksmiths.com
1. Juliet balcony. The second-story French doors and balcony mimic the design on the front of the house.
2. Wraparound Porch. Arched openings and straight pickets are classic touches that add a graceful rhythm.
3. A wall of glass. Lots of windows and doors help connect the indoor and outdoor spaces.
4. A formal garden. The symmetry of the house is continued with the English-inspired parterre.
Known for: Designing inviting porches
Southern style is: Charming—an ideal balance between sophisticated and relaxed
What gives a new house patina? Mossy stone, reclaimed-wood floors, and iron hardware
A house isn't finished until: The shutter hardware is installed and working
The most often overlooked detail? Interior trim. For starters, don't simply put up just any old crown molding and call it a day!
One change that makes a big difference: Stain old brick—don't paint it—to allow the texture to show through.
Tudor or Georgian? I love both when they're done well.
Favorite go-to building product: Right now, it's custom iron windows. They are classic and modern at the same time.