Creating Cottage Style, New Old House

“We used to camp up here all the time”… Ten years later they stumbled upon a newspaper ad about the preservation of the historic Anderson Creek watershed. “The idea was to disrupt the area as little as possible and highlight the natural beauty of the land through conservation.”

They knew they wanted the style of their home near the watershed to harken back to traditional architecture and engage in a close relationship with the land. Inspired by old Southern structures known as dogtrots, they designed the cottage “as straightforward as you can get…”

We drew from simple, vernacular forms… we wanted to feel like we were outside when we were inside.”

“Everything we need is here. We don’t really want to leave.”

Markham Smith, Architect, and Ellen Hauck