Hands down, this is the dreamiest Southern cottage you could build.
Southern Living cottage rendering
Credit: Brandon Ingram

Why We Love It

It's a real square! A perfectly symmetrical exterior is foolproof in our architecture books. From the street, you would assume that House Plan 1956 is an older, historic home instead of being a newly designed Southern Living House Plan.

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Atlanta-based Architect Brandon Ingram packed 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, and lots of spacious living areas into this one-story, 2,300-square-foot Colonial house plan. While most contractors build up and out to create rooms and space, Ingram created a compact and efficient square shaped layout for this Charlestowne Creek plan. The façade is nearly flush with an inset front porch and a simple, gabled roof outfitted with three perfectly proportioned dormers. The interior floor plan echoes the straightforward exterior. From the front door, guests enter directly into a nearly 400-square-foot living room that connects to a large eat-in kitchen and then flows out to a back porch. The facing right wing features a master suite (with two big closets!) that spills out to a screen porch in the backyard and also connects to the kitchen. Ingram banked two guest suites and a spacious laundry room in the left wing. Because of Ingram's triple wing theory, guests logically come together in the public spaces, but enjoy the privacy that comes from the wing's separation.

The Wow Factor

The Exterior Details! While Ingram kept the function pared down and efficient, he did not scrimp on the details. The Chippendale front railing, four front columns, and floor-to-ceiling front windows flanking the big front door exude charm and curb appeal. Ingram also skillfully placed brick on the main façade and used siding on the outer wings to emulate the evolution of an old house.

What We'd Change

Sorry, Brandon, but where's the garage? We suggest tucking one off the back of the screen porch so that it's hidden from the street. What do you think?