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October 10, 2013
With fall upon us and a distinct nip in the air, there is no better time to snuggle up by the fire in a rustic—but still very modern—cottage. Here are seven that will help you throw out your old notions of what a cottage should be.
Sheets of unframed glass fill the spaces between the building’s operable windows and the sloping eave of the roof, giving the house, as architect Alan Organschi puts it, “the feel of coming apart at the seams—of surfaces unhinged.”

What happens when the guest house becomes home? Retired couple Suzanne and Brooks Kelley found out when a pair of brainy New Haven architects breathed new architectural life into the property they’ve inhabited for over thirty years. Sheets of unframed glass fill the spaces between the building’s operable windows and the sloping eave of the roof, giving the house, as architect Alan Organschi puts it, “the feel of coming apart at the seams—of surfaces unhinged.” Photo by Mark Mahaney.

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The cabin, which took two years to build, and cost less than $165,000, has opened up new opportunities for the enterprising couple.

Named Barerock, a couple's three-season, 900-square-foot lakefront cottage above Drag Lake, near Haliburton, Ontario is encased in mirrored windows that offer sweeping panoramic views of the surrounding forest. At night, it appears to glow like a lantern. The cabin took two years to build and cost less than $165,000.

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The cottage appears to hover over Shelter Island, cantilevered on all sides on top of a foundation of spread concrete footings above a slight, rolling berm on three-quarters of an acre. Courtesy <a href="http://architectsandartisans.com/">Architects and A

Architect Cary Tamarkin designed his family's summer cottage, which appears to hover over Shelter Island, overlooking Long Island Sound. It is cantilevered on all sides on top of a foundation of spread concrete footings above a slight, rolling berm on three-quarters of an acre. Courtesy Architects and Artisans

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All of the outside play means that the interior flooring must be durable. Carver and Carloss chose polished concrete, which can be easily swept and swabbed.

John Carver and Anna Carloss’s modern renovation of a mid-century cottage is barely visible through the trees in Sussex fields around the village of Peasmarsh, an hour outside London. Photo by Nigel Shafran.

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The rise of the front lawn and the height of the trees give the house a subtle presence amid magnificent surroundings.

Modernist furniture may signal worldly tastes, but its American origins lie in Michigan’s humble reaches. It’s here that Keith and Mary Campbell renovated a lakeside cottage into a rustic stage for their heirloom mid-century pieces. The rise of the front lawn and the height of the trees give the house a subtle presence amid magnificent surroundings. Photo by Raimund Koch.

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Exterior view of modern cottage in Maine

When it came time to retire, Bruce Porter sought the help of his daughter, architect Alex Scott Porter, to create a retreat off the coast of Maine. Photo by Eirik Johnson.

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Le Corbusier did the cottage right: Villa Le Lac is a small house he did for his parents on Lake Geneva in Switzerland. Photo by Soren Rose.

 

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Sheets of unframed glass fill the spaces between the building’s operable windows and the sloping eave of the roof, giving the house, as architect Alan Organschi puts it, “the feel of coming apart at the seams—of surfaces unhinged.”

What happens when the guest house becomes home? Retired couple Suzanne and Brooks Kelley found out when a pair of brainy New Haven architects breathed new architectural life into the property they’ve inhabited for over thirty years. Sheets of unframed glass fill the spaces between the building’s operable windows and the sloping eave of the roof, giving the house, as architect Alan Organschi puts it, “the feel of coming apart at the seams—of surfaces unhinged.” Photo by Mark Mahaney.

Photo by Mark Mahaney.

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