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This charming little French Country Cottage is a guesthouse for a larger French Country Manor House. Originally, the house was a simple board and batten farm house.  The new owners came to CS Custom Structures to develop a design/build scenario where the property would be converted into a complex where all new structures would complement the future French Country Manor House. 

The entire complex is comprised of the Guest House, a stable, the main manor house, a pool house, pump house, storage building and stone barn. All structures are to be sympathetic to each other. 

The Guest house was the first piece of the puzzle to be designed and constructed and became the transitional home for the client until the manor house is complete.

While the cottage is only 1,200 square feet, the detailing makes the home feel more spacious with vaulted ceilings and dormers that allow natural light to flood the interior. The rear porch is an added feature with sightlines towards the mountains and pastures. The detailing of the porch is unique with its curved brackets and stained columns.

The styling of the house is pure French Country Cottage with hand split cedar shake shingles, copper gutters, exposed rafter tails, stone and brick composition, cast window surrounds and eyebrow dormers.


This little French Country Cottage is approximately 1,200 square feet and is comprised of a kitchen with granite counter tops, bead-board cabinets and hardwood floors, as well as a great room, utility room, two bedrooms and two handsomely tiled bathrooms. There is even an elevated loft tucked away above the utility room for the children to play. This play area overlooks the kitchen and is accessed by a decorative ladder.

Additional interior features include hardwood, tile, custom trim, exposed beams.

The exterior materials were selected to compliment the French Country theme with stone window surrounds, hand split cedar shingles, Arriscraft stone, brick and EIFS.

As with all of CS Custom Structures projects; design and detailing set this cottage off as a great example of curb appeal at first sight.