Mitch Ginn

Why We Love It

There's a stately, straightforward appeal to this house. The words cottages and cute are nearly synonymous, but architect Mitch Ginn has taken a different design direction with this 2200 square foot Southern Living House Plan, Dixie Cottage. The one-story, brick exterior has a simple, weightiness to it and the refined, Greek-inspired front door surround gives the house a regal touch. The floor plan covers all of the basic needs of a 3 bedroom, 2-bathroom house in a perfectly logical, well thought out room program. You enter into a spacious living room that has an open site line from the front door through to the kitchen and all the way out to the back porch, which runs almost the entire length of the rear of the home. The master bedroom is situated on the opposite side of the home from the other two bedrooms. If there are no guests in the home, you can virtually close off one entire side of the house. There is a fixed staircase leading to the second floor where you have the option to build out a fourth bedroom and third bathroom or make every small homeowner's dream come true with a possible 436 square feet of easy-access attic space. That's a lot of room to store your Christmas decorations! Additionally, there's a two car garage and a spacious laundry room to make life easy.

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The Wow Factor

That plantation-style front porch! With the Doric columns and a triangular pediment, the porch looks like it came straight from a Greek temple, but Ginn scaled it just right for this 2200 square foot cottage. The three broad curving steps opening to a brick path beckon visitors right in from the street. Do not outfit the porch with casual rocking chairs. Instead, you should look for a dressier pair of black iron chairs to match this little cottage's big elegance.