Modern beautiful cottages (80+ photo projects): how to build your dream house – advice from experienced developers

Luxurious cottage with a spacious terrace

Luxurious cottage with a spacious terrace

The cottages came to us from England, and these were one-story houses built for a small family. Quite often, their attic space was equipped with an attic, which made it possible to increase the living space. The total area of ​​such a house was 100 sq. m. Modern cottages are significantly different from the classic.

They represent a residential building that can be erected both within the city and outside it. The size of the cottage reaches 300 sq. m, and without fail communications are connected to it for comfort. The building is often adjacent to a well-equipped and ennobled adjoining territory. What else is the difference between functional cottage houses – read on.

Small pool in the courtyard of a country house

Small pool in the courtyard of a country house

Facade decoration with artificial stone will give the building a certain charm

Facade decoration with artificial stone will give the building a certain charm

Lovely modular country house

Lovely modular country house

Large panoramic windows are a decoration of the house

Large panoramic windows are a great idea for a country house

Modern beautiful cottage: materials for the walls (photo options)

Advice! As a rule, before choosing a finished building or starting work on its project, it is worth considering the material component, as well as what the disadvantages and advantages of these residential premises depend on. With proper use and construction, the cottage will serve you for a long time..

Modern two-storey house

Modern two-storey house

Wood

This material is a classic for this building. Timber cottages differ depending on the wood processing and have certain characteristics. Let’s consider them in the table below:

Variety Pros Cons
Log and chopped The cheapest of all materials possible, especially in forested areas. The use of a columnar foundation provides low thermal conductivity. It is unlikely that moisture penetrates inside Fire hazardous. The shortest operational period. The lower part needs protection from precipitation
From a bar A simpler and therefore faster construction process. Fewer raw materials are used Expensive. Less aesthetic
From a rounded bar Beautiful facade. Durability. Security High price. Complex and long construction process

On a note! The main advantage of all wooden houses is environmental safety..

Private house from a bar

Private house from a bar

Brick

Brick houses turn out to be somewhat expensive, but at the same time they are quite durable. Of course, this is subject to the installation rules. An important role in this case must be given to the foundation, since if the norms are violated, the building can crack.

Brick houses have many advantages.

Brick houses have many advantages.

Unusual hillside house

Unusual hillside house

Advice! The larger the building, the wider and deeper the foundation must be and reinforcement must be used when pouring.

A variety of methods and different types of bricks are used for masonry, which makes the house more attractive..

In particular, a cement mortar is used, which includes:

  • cement grade 200-300;
  • sand;
  • water.

Important! Despite all the advantages, brick buildings have one big drawback – they are very cold in winter. Therefore, for home improvement, it is imperative to use additional thermal insulation. It is designed for interior or exterior decoration.

Foam concrete

A more modern material for residential buildings is foam concrete. It gives a lot of advantages, and the main one is providing reliable thermal insulation, while it is fireproof. And, of course, do not forget about the financial side – it is much lower than that of a brick. But against the background of all the advantages, it has one big drawback: foam blocks are short-lived, over time they lose their strength and other properties.

Houses from foam blocks are built quickly enough

Houses from foam blocks are built quickly enough

Roofs of modern cottages – the subtleties of choice

One of the main elements in the development of objects. Roofs differ in their geometry:

  • Shed – a flat surface resting on walls that are erected with different heights. This is the cheapest option, but at the same time it is impossible to equip an attic under it..
  • Gable is the most common option. It consists of two planes resting on a pediment in the shape of an isosceles triangle. Differs in aesthetic design and provides a significant area under the attic.

Gable roof is the most common type

Gable roof is the most common type

Small cozy house with panoramic windows

Small cozy house with panoramic windows

  • Hip – assembled from four planes according to the number of walls. It is convenient in places where strong wind often rises, but at the same time the attic under it turns out to be smaller than with a gable.
  • Tent – designed for square buildings. Since it is composed of four identical planes – the sides of an isosceles triangle, which vertices converge at one point. It is very resistant to weather changes and precipitation..
  • Multi-gable – designed for covering buildings, resembles a broken polygon. It has a very complex structure, but at the same time such a roof looks very attractive..

  • Broken line – designed for arranging the attic. It consists of two slopes, which are planes with a large bend angle and rest on the gables. Provides maximum usable attic space.
  • Dome and tapered roofs are rarely used. They are created for a more aesthetic look and are installed on buildings with a ring-shaped erection of walls, differ in the complexity of the structure, the complexity of laying, etc.
  • Combined – consist of several roof structures.

Types of roofs: 1 - single-pitched; 2 - gable; 3 - hip; 4 - half-hip

Types of roofs: 1 – single-pitched; 2 – gable; 3 – hip; 4 – half-hip

Advice! It is worth choosing a roof depending on the shape and area of ​​your object, as well as the characteristics of the climate..

In addition to the shape, it is necessary to deal with the material that will cover the roof. Today manufacturers offer a wide range of products. Materials differ in their composition, properties and price, they can be divided into two types – sheet and piece.

Types of roofs: 5 - broken; 6 - dome; 7 - conical; 8 - tent

Types of roofs: 5 – broken; 6 – dome; 7 – conical; 8 – tent

Leafy

Sheets are materials that are produced by dimensional plates. As a rule, they have a low price. Their ease of installation makes them easier to lay. Consider their features in the table below..

Material Composition Term Design Advantages Cons
Metal tile Made of galvanized steel with double-sided polymer coating 15 years Externally imitates tiles, has a wide range of colors Availability Low noise isolation
Asbestos-cement slate Made of cement with an admixture of absorbent 20-30 years old Smooth or wavy. Gray or dyed Availability, fire safety Brittleness, toxicity, large mass
Ondulin Made from bitumen-impregnated cellulose fibers up to 20 years Corrugated plates Lightweight, affordable Not very attractive in appearance
Corrugated board Galvanized or painted steel 15 years Corrugated Accessibility, ease Lack of noise isolation
Seam roof Painted metal up to 50 years Flat sheets Durability, strength Low noise insulation, thermal conductivity, high cost

Modern custom house with swimming pool

Modern custom house with swimming pool

Attention! Asbestos-cement slate, which was mentioned above, is environmentally unsafe. Therefore, despite all the advantages, it is increasingly being abandoned in European countries..

It is worth noting that all of the above types have one drawback – they are not suitable for creating complex roof structures..

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Piece

The coverings, which are made up of small elements designed for roofing, are piece by piece. As a rule, they are attractive, available for cladding complex structures, and provide a minimum amount of waste. These include all sorts of tiles, the types of which differ in composition, service time and price:

  • Ceramic – attractive, durable, resistant to external factors, capable of serving up to 150 years, has a rather high price, while it has a lot of weight, so it becomes difficult to install.

Country house with folded roof

Country house with folded roof

  • Cement-sand – more affordable and less durable, lasts up to 100 years, has the same pros and cons as the previous version.
  • Shale oil is very expensive and durable. The service life is up to 200 years, environmentally friendly, attractive, durable, resistant to various influences, but at the same time it is heavy in weight, so there are problems in installation.
  • Bituminous – soft, flexible elastic, service life is about 50 years, light weight, affordable and easy to install, resistant to external influences.

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Advice! Asphalt shingles are best suited for cladding conical roofs due to their elastic properties. But don’t forget that it will last about 50 years..

The choice of the type of roof covering depends on the type of its shape and your personal preferences, as well as the expected service life..

Layout of a house, villa and cottage: do-it-yourself project options

For a comfortable home, you should pay enough attention to the layout. First of all, you need to decide how many floors there will be. As a rule, they are made one-story or several floors with an attic..

Luxurious brick house, sheathed with decorative stone

Luxurious brick house, sheathed with decorative stone

The first floor is most often represented by the day zone, and the second – by the night zone. Therefore, it is advisable to arrange the following rooms below:

  1. living room;
  2. dining room;
  3. kitchen;
  4. bathroom for guests;
  5. library;
  6. gym;

Layout of a large two-story house

Layout of a large two-story house

The second floor is equipped with a recreation and privacy area. Here are the bedrooms for both the owners and guests. There may also be a personal account and other premises. Please note that according to the rules, a bathroom and a toilet must be adjacent to each bedroom. Therefore, they are also located on the second floor..

Advice! Choose the number and functionality of the rooms according to your preferences. This usually depends on the composition of the family as well as your social status. Decide on what functions your cottage will perform, whether you will receive guests there, arrange secular or business dinners.

The interior of a beautiful cottage is a matter of taste, not a designer

Interior furnishings play an important role in modern dwellings. It’s good when the chosen style matches your inner world. You and your family members need to feel comfortable in your own home. Based on the type of interior, guests will be able to draw special conclusions for themselves.

Important! Interior decoration, furniture and accessories are chosen depending on the style. If different styles are applied to the rooms, you need to create a smooth transition.. 

It is also important to take care of the appearance of the facade and landscaping. And also decide on the availability of additional objects in the courtyard. It is necessary that all buildings are harmoniously combined with each other and have convenient transitions from one to another. If you cannot do all this with your own hands, do not be discouraged, in this case, various specialists involved in the creation of cottages, as well as landscape designers, will easily help you..

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