Tuesday Trend Report: #DESIGNSERIES Shotgun

A popular style home in the southern United States from the end of the American Civil War through the 1920s, the Shotgun house is originally categorized by its narrow, rectangular shape, usually no more than 12 feet wide. Classic Cottages has built several homes within the last few years and has plans for future projects that expand upon this old design style. Taking the same basic principles, Classic Cottages builds large, single family homes with a shotgun approach in areas where lot size  is narrow and  sometimes hard to come by. For those who  wish to forego the option of a luxury condo or townhome and still want to have their own yard, this design style is a perfect fit. This design allows you to maximize your lot size and space by building 3 or 4 stories in a symmetrical, narrow, and elongated design. A Shotgun style house refers o the architectural style of the house more than the interior design features; however, there are some important design tips to follow in order to capture this shotgun style well and carry it out flawlessly. With a narrow home, it’s important to pay attention to factors that will help open up the space. Doorways, windows, wall bearings, and painting colors are just the starting point. Below are some things you must include when building a shotgun home:

Narrow, rectangular floor plans.

Pay attention to which direction your home faces. Direction impacts the amount of sunlight that enters each area of the house. If you want a lot of light in your kitchen in the morning, make sure your homes faces east versus west. North facing homes
typically receive the least amount of light.

Garage – Decide if garage is attached or unattached.  This can drastically change the amount of available space ands flexibility in your home’s design.

Hallways – Mae sure these are wide enough for easy movement and well lit from light fixtures to generous, large windows.

Doorways – consider using pocket doors or barn doors to avoid the opening and
closing of hinged doorways that will create obstacles within a narrow hallway.

Storage – research unique ways to maximizer your storage and shelving within the home. There are mixed use furnishings and design concepts to browse from.

Consider foregoing a dining room and/or breakfast nook in order to preserve space. Incorporate a spacious, open concept eat-in kitchen.

Choose light, neutral paint tones to lighten up the space and make the more narrow spaces seem larger than they really are.