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Some interior shots

Looking into the living area from the kitchen area

Several people have been asking for interior shots of the gothic cottage. Frankly, I’ve been stalling, for a couple of reasons. For one, the interior is a work in progress, and it’s going to be many more months before I’ll be able to afford to finish what I want to do. For two, interior photography is not easy, and I’m never happy with the results I get with my camera and its lens. There will soon be two other examples of this house in existence, from people who’ve bought the plans from the same architect. One is in Canada, where construction is almost complete. And another is in western North Carolina, where I believe construction is to start in a few months. The interior of my house is built according to the architect’s plans with minor changes. I left both upstairs rooms open to the living room, with railings. The architect showed a large upstairs bathroom on the back on the house, and a walk-in closet off the upstairs hallway. Instead of this, I used the walk-in closet as the upstairs bathroom, and I used the large bathroom space for what I call “the radio room,” and left it open to the living room.

Just as I had indispensable professional advice from my brother on the actual construction of the house, I’ve had advice and ideas from my sister on the interior. I’ve had to work with such furniture as I had, though I’ve bought a few pieces (my brother made those large tables in the living room). There are other pieces of furniture that I still need to find, or build. I also need curtains. The curtains will be expensive. And I need more wall hangings. I’ll add these things as I can afford them. In trying to better explain my taste to my sister, I realized that my taste probably comes more from movies — especially period movies — than from anything else. I’d like to have a bit more Harry Potter. If I had to summarize my taste in one sentence, I think it would be this: I want it to look like a place where magic is possible, or like a setting for a good story.

Much of the effect I want has to do with lighting, which of course I can’t capture in daylight shots using window light. The atmosphere in the house definitely changes its mood at night.

Looking into the kitchen area from the living area

Looking up into the radio room from the living room

Looking toward the doors of the downstairs bedroom and bathroom. The room makes that big organ console look small.

Looking toward the front door from the back door. That’s the laundry closet on the left. Can you espy the cat?

Looking toward the front door again, showing the bottom of the stairs and the under-stairs closet

Looking down onto the stairway landing from the radio room. The radio room has a large cased opening into the stairway.

Looking down the upstairs hall from the bedroom

Looking into the bedroom from the radio room

Looking into the radio room from the bedroom. That’s a closet on the far end of the radio room.


  1. mountain madness wrote:

    I love the cozy feeling of the cottage… The odds and ends of decorating always take time… I like to go to estate auctions and auctions I see while just driving around on vacation in the mountains… I have found some really one of a kind stuff at those backwoods auctions. A lot of items that people from the area make by hand as well. That’s how I plan on furnishing my cottage. Finding unique things one by one for the perfect spot or wall. All in good time….. Thanks for the photos it really gives me a good idea of the size of the downstairs. I think it will be just fine the size it is without increasing the footprint. I will also have a full basement where my boys will create the perfect man cave so that the main floor will remain tidy and uncluttered. Do you have stairs going to the basement from the interior? Is that the large door in the entryway?

    Monday, January 4, 2010 at 10:57 am | Permalink
  2. admin wrote:

    Technically, from the point of view of the building inspectors, I have a crawl space downstairs. However, half of it is deep enough to be a basement with 7.5-foot ceilings. Sometime this year I plan to pour the concrete floor for the half basement. I don’t have basement stairs; there’s a double door into the basement on the lower side of the house. So I have a closet on the the 1st floor, under the stairs, where your basement stairs will be.

    Monday, January 4, 2010 at 4:02 pm | Permalink

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