Dramatic Transformations: Stately English Cottage Home

This English cottage in Grand Rapids, Mich., gains charm and space after a full-gut remodeling project. Jean Stoffer introduces a fresh look and loads of natural light into the home with a reconfigured floorplan.

From: Jean Stoffer

Photo By: Jesse Loftis

Photo By: JEAN STOFFER

Photo By: JEAN STOFFER

Photo By: Jesse Loftis

Photo By: JEAN STOFFER

Photo By: JEAN STOFFER

Photo By: Jesse Loftis

Photo By: JEAN STOFFER

Photo By: Jesse Loftis

Photo By: JEAN STOFFER

Photo By: JEAN STOFFER

Photo By: JEAN STOFFER

Photo By: JEAN STOFFER

Photo By: JEAN STOFFER

Photo By: JEAN STOFFER

Photo By: JEAN STOFFER

Photo By: JEAN STOFFER

Photo By: Jesse Loftis

Photo By: JEAN STOFFER

Photo By: Jesse Loftis

Photo By: JEAN STOFFER

Photo By: JEAN STOFFER

Photo By: JEAN STOFFER

Before: English Cottage Home

This project is a complete remodel and new addition. The original home was a quaint English cottage that had small rooms, an unworkable floor plan, outdated systems and tons of unearthed charm.

English Cottage Home is Full of Character

Simple manicured landscaping welcomes guests to this quaint English cottage home. The open porch is an inviting spot to sit and enjoy outdoors. A rustic arched wooden door centers the home, while black trimmed windows create a stylish contrast against the white exterior.

Charming English Cottage Home

Simple manicured landscaping welcomes guests to this quaint English cottage home. The open porch is an inviting spot to sit and enjoy outdoors. A rustic arched wooden door centers the home, while black trimmed windows create a stylish contrast against the white exterior.

Before: English Cottage Home

This project is a complete remodel and new addition. The original home was a quaint English cottage that had small rooms, an unworkable floor plan, outdated systems and tons of unearthed charm.

English Cottage Home

A quaint English cottage undergoes a complete remodel to transform it into a fresh and livable space. With a new open floor plan and all new finishes throughout, the home now embraces its original character and charm.

Welcoming English Cottage Patio

Simple shrubs and colorful potted plants add liveliness to quaint English cottage home. An inviting patio has comfortable furniture for sipping coffee in the morning or relaxing in the evening.

Before: Dining Room

The dated living room with wood paneling, clunky furniture and old carpeting will get new life as a chic dining room.

Cottage Dining Room is Inviting Place to Gather

Evoking the home's English charm, Wedgwood blue built-ins provide plenty of storage for dishes, cups, serveware and even houses a coffee serving station. Original hardwood floors ground the dining room and a classic table is surrounded by simple yet comfortable chairs.

Before: Kitchen

The outdated breakfast nook is going to find new life as a chic cottage kitchen.

Cottage Kitchen With Farmhouse Sink

An all-white color creates a timeless setting for the English cottage home. Long linear drawer pulls are added to the clean-front cabinets, which are clad in simple white countertops. Classic subway tile is used for the backsplash, and a brass light fixture adds a vintage note to the space.

Cottage Kitchen is Heart of the Home

Exposed ceiling beams brings a rustic note to this bright white cottage kitchen. The long center island adds more prep and storage space to the kitchen and is also designed for the whole family to gather.

Farmhouse Sink in Cottage Kitchen

An all-white color creates a timeless setting for the English cottage home. Brass light fixtures add a vintage note to the space and a row of windows brings in natural light. The farmhouse sink fits in perfectly with the cottage feel of the home.

Bright White Cottage Kitchen

An all-white color creates a timeless setting for the English cottage home. Long linear drawer pulls are added to the clean-front cabinets, which are clad in simple white countertops. Classic subway tile is used for the backsplash, and a brass light fixture adds a vintage note to the space.

Open Floor Plan Cottage Kitchen

A large center island creates an instant gathering spot for the whole family. The open floor plan kitchen used two colors to divide the space visually. All-white cabinets, countertops and a subway tile backsplash are used in the prep and dish-washing area, while dark gray cabinets, countertops and a granite backsplash make up the cooking area.

Jewel-Toned Traditional Powder Room

Rich walls are offset by gold frames and sconces in this elegant powder room. An open vanity creates an airy quality to the space, while hardwood floors ground the room.

Simple Nook Turned Home Office

Making the most of every nook, the landing at the top of the stairs is turned into a simple home office. A round graphic area rug adds style underfoot, and a classic armchair is paired with a traditional desk.

Contemporary Cottage Bathroom Makes Statement

Graphic black-and-white tile makes a bold dramatic statement in the shower. Simple subway tile is used throughout the rest of the space to balance, and the pitched ceiling adds height to the room. The clean-lined gray vanity is topped in simple white countertops.

Before: Bedroom

The outdated loft area with wood paneling and old carpeting will be transformed into a updated bedroom.

Serene Bedroom is Elegant, Relaxing

Black and white mixes with soft neutrals to create a soothing bedroom retreat. A tone-on-tone floral rugs adds style underfoot, while a dramatic chandelier makes a bold statement above. French doors open up to a small patio outside blending the two spaces.

Before: Bathroom

The original bathroom of this English cottage home has outdated wallpaper, tile and fixtures.

Sophisticated Master Suite is Classic

Glossy black doors open the master bedroom up to a classic bathroom, complete with traditional wood vanity, herringbone gray tile floor and hexagon-shaped mirror.

Traditional Bathroom With Double Vanity

A dark wood double vanity is clad in soft gray countertops in this classic bathroom. Hexagon mirrors are flanked by traditional sconces, while skylights bring natural light into the space.

Cottage Patio Off Master Bedroom

Comfortable wicker chairs with cozy cushions are the perfect spot to relax outside the master bedroom.