Artisan Cottage

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Artisan Cottage

Nestled between large oaks and pines, the Artisan Cottage sits on the footprint of a turn-of-the-century guest home on a historical lakefront estate in southeastern Wisconsin. The owners loved the original cottage, but it was starting to fall into disrepair. In keeping with the look and feel of the guest quarters, they asked Colby Construction to create a new cottage for them.

The open floor plan of the cottage features vaulted ceilings, a large center island made of barn wood, and all of the modern features one could want. A small sitting area is perfect as a spot for reading and conversation. The cottage also has a custom art studio where guests can draw, paint or even build a puzzle.

The home comfortably sleeps four, with a full bedroom and bath just off the seating area, and a loft. The loft features two built-in beds with bookshelves tucked in between—any child’s dream space.

The front of the cottage features a large patio under the tall trees with a wood trestle—a favorite space in nature to enjoy a cup of coffee or a glass of wine.

The owners were determined to save their beloved cottage, and while most of it was not possible due to safety codes, they were thrilled with the completed project. Now family and friends can visit and comfortably enjoy their beautiful guest space.

View more examples like this custom guest quarters project in Colby Construction’s portfolio.