The site of this lovely modest home layout was previously a camp in the early 1900s. The 860 square foot residence steeped in architectural history was the right backdrop for the gorgeous wooded location located on Lake Minnetonka. The salvaged building materials and architectural antiques employed in the construction of the little cottage layout give it a delightful appearance. The little hamlet residence seems as if it came straight from France’s Loire Valley. The open living concept uses ceiling beams, supports, and ceiling modifications to distinguish its rooms, but rooms that share common areas remain functionally efficient.
The front facade with stone from an 1889 Lake St. Bridge in Minneapolis is one of the elements that gives this little cottage home its vintage character. The modest cottage’s gable decorations include a winged lion tile inset in stone. A vintage butcher block table, stainless steel counters, wood hinged windows, and a breakfast alcove with an antique pharmacy rack from France are all featured in the kitchen. The Great Hall of the modest cottage home features oak ceiling beams salvaged from an 1860s barn in Houston County, Minneapolis. Derby, Iowa stone is used in the Great Hall fireplace. Great Hall with 1880s barn flooring at Osseo, Wisconsin. Details of a scarf-joint and mortise and tenon joinery on a timber beam. The wood in the bedroom came from a tobacco barn in Kentucky in 1870, while the closet doors were made in France. The outdoor sitting terrace of the modest cottage home is composed of brick recovered from Minneapolis streets. The side wall is adorned with an ancient French fireback from 1744. Vintage French Orangerie window for rose vines on the side of the small cottage home, with a view of the forest pond at the back of the small cottage home.
This modest cottage home’s original look comes from the salvaged building materials. One of the most significant advantages of employing salvaged building materials is their endurance. Reclaimed building materials, particularly old-growth timber, are significantly stronger and survive far longer than new materials. The value of reclaimed wood is determined by the length of time it has been in use and the tightness of the wood grain. The tighter the grain of the wood, the more durable it is, making recovered old-growth wood far more durable than new wood from big-box stores. Older wood has also settled and shrunk, making future maintenance easier. Because reclaimed building materials have already been worn over time, they require less care. When you use salvaged wood, you get an antique aesthetic that is highly popular. I
The use of recycled building materials adds a feeling of history to the project. People adore the concept of employing environmentally responsible building materials in their small cottage homes and home designs, as well as the added character and nostalgia that reclaimed building materials provide. Warehouses, fences, old barns, buildings, and rural constructions are all good places to look for reclaimed wood. Reclaimed building materials can be used on the floors, walls, posts, and beams, among other things, in your little cottage home. Reclaimed wood may provide a feeling of history to your home, make it more eco-friendly, and give it a one-of-a-kind aesthetic with plenty of personality. Reclaimed products not only save resources, but they also have a feeling of character and history that you won’t find in off-the-shelf items. Reclaimed wood is also an environmentally responsible choice because it keeps wood out of landfills.
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