Bend, Oregon
Bend, Oregon

When building Mountain River Estates in Bend, Oregon, I made it a point to design most homes with a Cottage on property. Their uses are immeasurable. Guests, mother-in-laws, returning adult children, grandkid sleep-overs, game rooms, man caves, office spaces, craft rooms, and work-at-home set-ups all function enormously well out of a separate cottage house.

Each Cottage reflected the look and feel of the main home. The same knotty alder wood floors and trim, cabinets and interior closet packages graced each 500 square foot space. The same travertine stone used in the main home was used in the kitchenette and full bath.

Cottage home on property at Mountain River Estates, Bend Oregon
Cottage home on property at Mountain River Estates, Bend Oregon

Even the exterior mirrors the main home — everything about the Cottage, in fact, should add value to the overall property.

This Cottage, you can see, has some of the best stone work EVER. The big bad wolf is NOT going to blow that house down. Thanks to Kelly Ceniga for his impeccable craftsmanship.

Cottage exterior at Mountain River Estates, Bend Oregon. Jess Alway Construction.
Cottage exterior at Mountain River Estates, Bend Oregon. Jess Alway Construction.

Copper gutters and timber trusses complete the structure.

Even if you don’t want to go all-out in your additional space — the workmanship should reflect the ideals of the main home. For example, I didn’t think it was necessary to build a masonry fireplace inside any of the 300-500 square foot Cottages in Mountain River Estates, Bend Oregon. For one thing, that space is so small it hardly needs a big heat source, let alone it’s own fire pit 🙂 Secondly, the cost of a true masonry fireplace would out-price the Cottage. So, we went with a two-sided gas insert. But we didn’t leave it there. We specifically framed the fireplace in to look as if it were truly a masonry built fireplace, with chimney, then added a real travertine stone facade. And let me tell you, it looks great, but the HEAT was amazing. Almost too much.

In short, if you’ve got the room and ability to add (or construct a new home) with the addition of a Cottage, DO IT. You won’t regret the extra SEPARATE space.

Jess Alway