I don’t know about you, but when I think about a cottage, I don’t think of a three bedroom residence where all of the bedrooms are 16 feet long with the master bedroom also being 20 feet across. But, the folks who put together the Scientific American Architects and Builders Edition from December of 1887 called this cottage drawing with its floor plan a cottage. So, who am I to say otherwise.
Along with those three nice-sized bedrooms, this cottage’s master bedroom has a 2 alcove rooms, a gallery and a bath room on the second floor. Another rarity in homes from this period are all of the closets. On the main floor is a living room, library, dining room, entry hall with a coat closet and winding staircase to the second story, and a kitchen with a butler’s pantry and a regular pantry. There’s also a second staircase in the kitchen that goes to both the second story and the basement. All in all, it’s a pretty nice home being advertised in this cottage drawing. The description mentioned that depending upon location and finishings, this home could be built for $5,500. (Keep in mind, the average annual salary in 1887 was slightly less than $500.)
Drawings of the first and second story floor plans were also included and I’ve shared them below.
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