Great First Impressions: Victorian-Inspired Guest Cottage

Surrounded by lush Connecticut foliage, this Victorian-inspired guest house from Doyle Coffin Architecture features copper and slate roofs, shed dormers and a muted color palette with pops of cobalt. The result is a striking exterior that nods to another era. 

Photo By: Dan Lenore Studio

Photo By: Dan Lenore Studio

Photo By: Dan Lenore Studio

Photo By: Dan Lenore Studio

Photo By: Dan Lenore Studio

Photo By: Dan Lenore Studio

Photo By: Dan Lenore Studio

Photo By: Dan Lenore Studio

Front Exterior: Victorian Guest Cottage

The client’s fascination with the colors and detail of period Victorian homes was the impetus for this more modern interpretation of a Second Empire Victorian. The client always loved the style of the house from the "Adams Family" television show.

Entry: Victorian Guest Cottage

Period wall covering on the ceiling and walls set the tone upon entering the home. The orignal color scheme had more earth tones, but the client loved the color blue.

Staircase: Victorian Guest Cottage

The stairwell and skylight occupy the center volume of the house, allowing natural light to filter throughout the interior. Playful details abound - undulant baluster collars interject a sense of movement and rhythm to the staircase. The "triple bead" beadboard paneling was inspired by paneling found in an old structure on the property.

Skylight: Victorian Guest Cottage

Romeo and Juliet windows open into the arched ceiling, looking down to the second floor loggia and entry hall below. The wall colors get lighter in tone as they approach the skylight.

Tower Stairs: Victorian Guest Cottage

An alternating step, ships-ladder connects family and guests to spectacular views from the tower’s “look-out”. On a clear day, the view stretches thirty miles across the New York City reservoir system.

Balcony: Victorian Guest Cottage

Playful details abound - undulant baluster collars interject a sense of movement and rhythm to the stairs. Victorian, square section columns supporting the lantern transform to octagons with a wink to the Roman Doric Order. All of the trim, brackets, balusters and columns were custom designed and then fabricated by millwork craftsman. This completely custom guest cottage was built in only eight months time.

Dining Room: Victorian Guest Cottage

Victorian, square section columns and arched screens emphasize room thresholds. Traditionally inspired wall covering designs and paint schemes provide the backdrop for the intimate dining room. Collaboration with the interior designer introduced period wallpaper designs, colorful mosaic tiles and rich fabrics and furnishings, adding texture and depth to the home’s enticing character.

Kitchen: Victorian Guest Cottage

Custom-designed, Pennville cabinets, combined with playful, Moroccan mosaic tile and exaggerated brackets and screens make this kitchen both modern and traditional. The mosaic tile was found on a trip to Morocco and imported back home.