Sandy toes welcome.

Southern Living

Being surrounded by photos of beautiful interiors, innovative design plans, and some serious curb appeal in the offices of Southern Living, one can’t help but to daydream every now and then of which of our oh-so-charming house plans we’d like to adopt as our own. And although we’d prefer not to have to choose between a mountain house and a beach house, please and thank you, there’s one dreamy beach cottage we just can’t take our eyes off of: House Plan 1807, a.k.a. Aiken Street. And we just know it’s going to steal your hearts too.

Why We Love It

If the prettiest pastel shutters we ever did see aren’t invitation enough to come inside this cottage charmer, it’ll be the wide-set porch that convinces you to sit and stay a while. This two-story beach cottage is bursting with vintage appeal and is practically begging for company with 4 bedrooms, 4 ½ baths—and a bunk loft that’s the perfect hideaway for the kids’ crew. A metal roof not only adds to the classic lowcountry charm of this home but also perfectly amplifies those inevitable afternoon summer showers that we’ve come to know and love. (Be warned: it might just result in the best nap of your life.) Entertain in the heart of the home in the L-shaped kitchen with wide-flinging doors peeking through to the porch, and retire to a relaxing fireplace in the great room during cooler months. This plan that barely scrapes above the sweet spot of 2000 square feet paints a picture of simplicity with its relaxed attitude and classic details.

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The Wow Factor

In short, the low-maintenance, natural feel of this cottage means it only gets better with age. Bring your sandy toes and your gang of golden retrievers, because everyone is welcome in this house. Between a layout that balances openness and well-placed hideaways and a no-hassle, laid-back feel, this is a cottage crafted for making memories.