Early 21st century cottages at Lakeside Chautauqua, Ohio, a summer community on Lake Erie on the Marblehead peninsula. The first four are designed by Robert Bruce, Architect.
The Foley House (2002) is a “healthy house” for which light gauge metal was used for the floors, walls, and roof framing instead of chemically treated wood. The design, although modern, is reminiscent of stick-built Victorian styles of 100 years before. The wrap around porch has multiple skylights with clerestory windows along the great room for maximum natural light.
This 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom, story and a half for Wes and Sue Kunze (2004) is my favorite Lakeside cottage—it’s small, fits the lot and neighborhood perfectly, has a pleasant open floor plan, and a delightful porch. This is a summer home.
This style roof is called a clipped gable, and the owners, the Blossers, specifically requested that in the design. This story and a half home on Fifth St. E. and Elm Ave. has 1763 sq. ft., with four bedrooms plus a loft—it accommodates many people and has a lovely wrap around porch partially screened. Originally the owners used it as a rental, and only in the summer.
This 2007 photo of the Gurney house on 7th and Walnut faces a park and was designed for a steep lot and has a full basement with 2,063 sq. ft. living space and an open porch. It is a year around residence. After 5 years the owners were allowed to add a garage to the east (this is a coverage rule) , so the very large tree was removed. There are now 4 trees shading the house, and mature flowering shrubs so it would be difficult to see this much of the house today.
Facing Perry Park on 2nd St. with a wonderful view of Lake Erie, this home was new in 2015, and replaced a smaller brick traditional style home. Part of the large porch is screened, and part open, plus an open porch/deck on the second floor. For many years a 3rd story was discouraged by the Lakeside Design Review Board, but so many of the newest homes have them, that is apparently not the case today. It almost dwarfs the beautiful stick Victorian next to it.
One of the first of the big ones going up with a 3rd story, this home facing Elm is reminiscent of Victorian styles. I think it was built around 2003.
This bungalow style was popular in the early 20th century, so this has followed that design of a gable roof with shed dormer with windows in threes and large pillars on the porch. The owners were adding a garage (5 year coverage rule) when I walked by in the summer of 2015, which probably means this was built around 2010. It’s a summer home.
This neat ranch style with a porch facing Oak Avenue instead of the side gives the perfect impression of many of the 1920s and 1930s summer homes, but with all the modern conveniences like indoor plumbing and central air and heat. Was built about five years ago.
This three story lake front “cottage” replaced a very handsome Dutch Colonial which had a large tree fall on it during a storm (see next photo) I’m not fond of this look, but it is the direction the newer cottages are going. Up. Big. Wide.
The early 20th century Dutch Colonial which was on the lot of the above cottage.
This one replaced a large 4 unit cottage we stayed in around 1976. It has a similar style (see photo below) and size of the hip roof cottage it replaced and I believe it went up around 2013 probably first used in 2014. Now a single family. Good view of the lake and the “most beautiful mile in Ohio.”
We rented this, north west unit above, as it appears covered for the winter weather. Right on the lakefront, so that can get very severe. Site of Phil’s first fish catch.
This cottage on 2nd St. was new within the last 10 years, but has an interesting history. It replaced an A-frame with a large deck overlooking Perry Park, a style not typical in this area, however, that cottage had replaced a garage converted to a cottage about 100 years ago, which burned in a fire set by “rum runners” on the lake leaving 3 lots open. I chatted with one of the owners (of a family) who lives in Arizona.
This home on South Oak above 7th was built during the past year, and I just noticed it on my walks this summer. It has a low gable roof, with very clean lines and very little trim. It reminds me more of a Florida home, but fits nicely in the newer neighborhood which has been created since 1999.
The owner of this cottage on the last lot on Oak told me it was built in 1999, so I’m grouping it with 21st century. Although the story and a half style is a fooler, it has 5 bedrooms. The current owners added a connecting area to the garage which they use for laundry and storage.
I think I noticed this cottage on Oak about a year ago, and actually don’t know if it is a complete makeover of an older building, or if it is completely new. It has gables to the front and side, with a shed dormer and open porch. However, there is nothing left if the older structure is in there somewhere. I’ve never seen anyone there I could ask, but if I find out differently, I’ll revise this entry to correct it. Update: Aug. 3, 2016. I finally saw someone on the porch, so I stopped and asked. There had been a house on this lot and they did incorporate a few walls so that it was easier to get it approved. It is one floor; no stairs to what looks like a second floor with a shed dormer.
This is typical of many of the 21st and late 20th new build vernacular cottages. Lots of gables, double deck porch, shingle trim, with a nod to Victorian, but still with all modern conveniences.
This eclectic style on South Oak Avenue is reminiscent of some 20s-30s bungalow cottages that had gable roofs with shed dormers on the side or front; it has a nice enclosed porch but with part of it open. 80 years ago, that meant it was remodeled to accommodate some of our fierce storms, but today they are designed to have some protected and some open areas.