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Posted by on Jul 20, 2014 in Eastover Cottage, Featured, Landscaping, Personal | 7 comments

Eastover Cottage – The Exterior

Eastover Cottage – The Exterior

My parents moved into their new house this week after a 9 month building process.   The neighborhood is restricted to Southern Living home plans, so they chose the Eastover Cottage which was built by Preston Builders.  It is quite a change from the mid-century lake house they lived in for the past 20+ years.  This is also their first time living in the South.  My mom loves the Coastal style, so the house is very light and airy.

I ran over and took a bunch of pictures before they moved in.  (I may post some updated ones at a later date as some details were still missing – mirrors, hardware, etc and after she’s had a chance to decorate some).  First up – the exterior.

Southern Living Eastover Cottage Exterior

The outside is pretty close to the original plans.  Most of the house is a white brick that looks like it is covered in sparkling snow when the sunlight hits it.  The porch siding is Hardie composite siding painted SW Extra White.  All the trim and upper siding is white vinyl.  The shutters were custom made and painted SW Sea Salt.  The front door was custom made as well and stained to compliment the Brazilian Koa floors inside.

Southern Living Eastover Cottage Exterior

This side porch opens from the Office and Master Bedroom.

Southern Living Eastover Cottage Exterior

Southern Living Eastover Cottage Exterior

The original floor plans do not include a garage, so the back was modified slightly to include a 3 car garage with storm shelter and bonus room above.  The storm shelter is under the bonus room stairs and is accessed from inside the garage.

Southern Living Eastover Cottage Exterior

Southern Living Eastover Cottage Exterior

Southern Living Eastover Cottage Exterior

The side screened porch from the original plans was turned into a enclosed Sunroom.

Southern Living Eastover Cottage Exterior

Southern Living Eastover Cottage Exterior

Southern Living Eastover Cottage Exterior

Southern Living Eastover Cottage Exterior

The porch floors are covered in white tile.

Southern Living Eastover Cottage Exterior

Southern Living Eastover Cottage Exterior

Southern Living Eastover Cottage Exterior

Check back for a tour of the interior!

7 Comments

  1. This is absolutely gorgeous! I love the light colors. We tried to do a similar brick with the last house we built, but the sand for the mortar wasn’t quite white enough and it turned out kind of dark. We were so disappointed. But this is so light and sparkly!

  2. hi! My husband and I love this house! Would we be able to get the floor plan or the layout? Thanks in advance!

      • Beautiful! Thanks for sharing! Please share the shingle brand and color as well as the brick information! Thank you!

        • They believe the shingle brand is GAF. It is one more common colors used. The brick is by Brampton Brick.

  3. Gorgeous! Do you happen to know the name of the stain color that was used on the front door?

    • The door was stained multiple times, so there isn’t a simple answer. They believe the wood is alder as it had a natural redness to it. It was incorrectly stained with Minwax Walnut, then was stained again with Minwax Red Mahogany. Something else may have been used as well to make it redder over the original Walnut stain. The goal was to have it match the Brazilian Koa flooring inside the house.

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