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Our new lakefront cottage has a vintage look and I am trying to decide if an Arts & Crafts look or a Coastal look is more appropriate. I think an Arts & Crafts look is tougher to pull off but I really respect and admire that style. A coastal look may be more suitable to something that is lakefront and is easier with all that wicker and white paint.  Any thoughts? I have attached a picture of the front. front%20CLOSE%20UP.jpg

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Comment by Toni on October 15, 2012 at 10:27pm

That house says coastal look to me.

Comment by James Martin on October 24, 2012 at 11:52am

With rusticated stone columns, the roof pitch and the dormers it is almost arts and crafts as it is.  You might enhance that look by replacing the railing on the second floor with thicker members more typical of an A&C house.  Also the posts on the car port could be thickened or knee braces added to be more in keeping with the look.  Color is going to be the thing that really seals the deal.  A&C houses were earth toned, usually darker as well but you don't need to go dark just go with more natural color tones.  The roof should be dark and it would be better if it was textured.  You can paint an asphalt roof with latex paint.  I did this one time on a little house I had and after 10 years it was still adhering.  I would use a dark brown if you did this.

Also I would suggest a dark accent color on the fascia boards on the dormers and the gutter/fascia on the front porch.  Giving the front door a fine punch color would complete the look.  

Comment by Terry Spencer on October 24, 2012 at 1:09pm

Thank you, James. You have given me some things to consider. I have always loved the A&C style and your ideas would further enhance the look I am going for. Your thoughtful analysis is much appreciated. Could I ask you a question? Down the road when we have money to address the balcony railings, would you prefer the thicker members that you mentioned in wood, or an iron art nouveau railing in a whiplash curve. Sorry if I am picking your brain, but I could tell by your thorough response that you know what you are talking about. Terry

Comment by Marlin Schorr on December 6, 2012 at 12:42am

Rather than iron, which doesn't pick up on any details of the house at present, I'd consider trying to blend it into the roof--it is too tall the way it is now, and just using thicker members will accentuate that even more.  I'd really consider using shingles or clapboards (whichever the house has now) and follow the pitch of the roof for part of the height, then do a vertical part in wood as suggested by James.

Comment by Terry Spencer on December 6, 2012 at 12:25pm

Thank you for your input Marlin. I think you are right about the iron railing. It is funny but now that it is pointed out, I can see how the balcony is way too high. I wondered why I didn't like it. We are thinking of removing the carport anyway and moving the balcony part back to where the building starts. We think the carport looks like too modern an addition. I also don't like the way the roofline is extended over the carport. We want to add a window to the side of the house to let in more light and the carport will block the sunshine. The photo makes the roof shingles look light or silver in colour, when they are actually a dark green. I think that is more in keeping with an A & C scheme as well. Thank you again Marlin. I will have to think on how to not have the balcony that's left not look like a tower. I love this site for getting creative input!

Comment by Phil on December 6, 2012 at 9:53pm

There are likely code issues on the height of that balcony. I hate the look, but you should very carefully probe into the local codes inspector as to what is allowed, or at least ask around to see if codes are strictly enforced.  These high spindles only emerged after the development of high suburban decks, and they always look terrible on old houses.  Marlin's idea of building a wall or cladding a wall with shingles may be the way to go.  Or, a low wall could be built that way and they topped with a thicker, historically appropriate balustrade.  The codes office may take the wall plus the short spindles as meeting the code.

Comment by Terry Spencer on December 6, 2012 at 10:11pm

Thank you Phil. Those unsightly spindles do look pretty ugly. I think building a wall would be a good option. Part of me thinks we should remove the whole balcony but it offers a fantastic view of the lake.

Comment by Carl and Diane Bowdoin on May 27, 2013 at 7:22am

I've not studied the Craftsman style, and I know it is not as limited as I think of it, but I always envision it as a brick structure. I've not studied the coastal style - though I was born and raised in Miami. But this does not qualify me either!  :)  Your home strikes me as a great opportunity for coastal - beach style with pastel colors. I love the stone pillars. We have a Queen Ann. It was common to paint the porch ceiling a color to represent the sky, and to have a white wicker on the porch. We've added boston ferns all around since our profile picture was taken when the painters were here. I think your porch ceiling would be beautiful painted in the pastel, the white wicker porch furniture, palms in porch planters, and Adirondack furniture on your balcony-deck would be great! Diane

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