Cottage

Typically more formal than a camp, a cottage is often associated with a waterfront site—whether it be an ocean, lake, or river. Usually on a more open and sunny site, a cottage embraces the sun and features well-proportioned windows for day-lighting and ventilation. A cottage offers a casual, relaxed, barefoot kind of living, and is often characterized by painted wood finishes, double-hung windows, built-in millwork and cabinetry, roof dormers, and transitional spaces like covered porches. The materials are often locally sourced and durable in harsh coastal environments. Traditionally more associated with summer living, a cottage is designed to feel smaller and more approachable.