Scheme A is punctuated with 9' bays, which is an opportunity for an accent material like Shou Sugi Ban.
Or, a stain, as shown here.
Alternatively, for a more traditional siding language, Scheme B notes white siding with clear wood accents at the entry and kitchen bump-outs. Also, in Scheme B, the window proportions are similar to a traditional cottage or farmhouse, but without the mullions.
Schemes C and D propose two story structures to take advantage of views. In Scheme C, the house takes on a modern farmhouse look, with a covered entry porch running the face of the house, the use of dormers, and board and batten. (Scheme C is actually a story and a half building, in keeping with the scale of cottages on the island.)
Another board and batten example, this time on a single story structure.
As drawn, the dormers in Scheme C are traditional shed dormers, but if you are looking for something a little more daring, modern touches could be added.
Since a true two story structure might seem out of place in the context of the neighborhood, Scheme D looks at grouping the house into smaller parts, which can have the effect of maintaining a personable, human scale. The idea for exploring a flat roof came from the urge to enjoy the views from up high. However, it can also help keep the lines of the house lower to the ground than a peaked 2 story structure.
The elevations in Scheme D show different roof options for the same building. The intent is to emphasize that the same floor plan can be treated different ways depending on the desired aesthetic. Similarly, siding can also change. If both roof form and siding change in Scheme D, a farm house effect could be achieved. The tall, gable roof form in this image, suggests how the stair tower of Scheme D could be reinterpreted depending on your preferences.
In all of the schemes, the west facing elevations would peel open with large areas of glass.
Large sliders, or accordion doors are a fabulous way to bring the outdoors in. Exterior spaces become extensions of the house.
On the inside, the plans show an open concept living space oriented towards the views and yard.
In Schemes A and B, a portion of the space could have a cathedral ceiling.
On the inside, as on the outside, very 'clean' interiors, with simple lines, forms and materials. A minimalist approach.
I have really enjoyed seeing the black window sash images that Jill has been collecting.
The mullions can easily go away, per Jill's preference.
Looking at carefully placed large panes of glass.
Windows at the corners help dissolve the separation between inside and outside.
Long windows up high grab light without sacrificing privacy.
The interiors can be pushed toward a traditional aesthetic with details like brackets, painted wood, shaker style cabinets, and oil rubbed bronze hardware, etc..
Or, towards a contemporary language, with fewer lines and ornamental details.
The next photographs look at floor to ceiling walls of storage. Walls of storage are drawn in schemes A and B in the kitchen area. Walls of storage could also be integrated into the fireplace wall.
To add warmth, we might consider some wood wall accents.
You will see pocket, barn and folding doors drawn throughout the plans. In all of the schemes, flexibility of space became an important theme in order to keep the square footage down and allow various levels of privacy for you and your guests. In the single story schemes, it was feeling too tight to fit two complete baths, so the doors allow a variety of use options. In the second story schemes, the doors allow the "Flex" space to serve as a guest room (with easy access to the bathroom), or, when guests are not around, the "Flex" room can become part of the master suite.