Fox Hollow, a new cottage built from antique materials | Murphy & Co. Design
An avid collector of antiques commissioned this small cottage to replace the rotting log cabin that stood at the entrance to her Minnesota property. She envisioned a garden cottage more in keeping with her 1920s Tudor-style house. The local government allowed the decaying structure to be rebuilt as long as the new design kept the same footprint and roofline.
Residential designer Jeff Murphy oversaw the project, basing the design on traditional English country cottages. To make the new cottage look like it had been built over a hundred years ago, he specified materials and construction techniques authentic to that period. The cottage has a post and beam timber frame assembled with joints cut by hand and locked together with wood pegs. The exterior doors are hand-made and the walls are finished with hand-applied plaster.
Most of the visible wood was reclaimed from barns dating back to the mid-1800s. The slate roofing is even older, originally covering a Pennsylvania barn built in 1810. The limestone used on the exterior was salvaged from the piers of an 1889 bridge in Minneapolis when it was replaced. Many of the fittings and fixtures came from the owner’s collection of architectural antiques, including the light fixtures, the distressed wood doors in the bedroom, the chimney pot and the lion tile used to decorate the front gable.
The 860 ft2 (79.9 m2) floor plan consists of a great room flanked by a bedroom wing on the front side and a shed-roofed “addition” at the back housing the kitchen and breakfast nook. Besides their structural role, the massive roof beam and support post help to define the different rooms within the open living space.
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Where is the bathroom?
Hi Joe, the bathroom is at the back right corner of the cottage, through the open doorway visible on the left side of this photo:
Thanks, I may be moving to VT. This floor plan may fit the ticket. Are floor plans available?
Is there anyway to get a floor plan of this home? I am in love!
I did not get a reply to my question regarding how much it would cost to build this home. Can this house be built anywhere & if so do U have to own your own property or is it included in the price?
How much does it cost to have this house built?
Saundra, I pinned all of the pictures on my pinterest page! I didn’t have any problems!
All the questions above were the ones we had, too. Also; is there a lock on printing the pictures? I wanted to put these up on my House Dream Board. We think it’ll also be perfect for Maine when we retire soon. Thank you all for sharing such wonderful possibilities!
Oops, replied to wrong post! Saundra, I pinned all of the pictures on my pinterest page! I didn’t have any problems!
I am soooo in love with this house. I am interested in plan availability. This is gorgeous and EXACTLY what I am looking for. Does anyone know how to contact the company that built this house or the owner about costs and such?!?!? Please, please, please!!!
It was new construction using recycled materials Im looking too for a floor plan…………..there has to be one somewhere
Does Murphy & Co. Design have plans for this home? I know it was a restore, but surely they took note of the floor plan.
Superbly done by Murphy & Co and they showed how well they can do things perfect. I think some quality antique materials have been used for building this home and that’s why it looks very much strong and perfect from each and every prospect. But one thing I need to know that is it too much expensive rather than traditional building?
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I also would like to get the floor plan and details on the cost.
Floor plan, and any other info for building this on my property, would be appreciated. Thank you!
Is the floor available for sale?
I would like to see the dimensions of the rooms. just trying to get a perspective of size.
How do I get or can see house plans for Fox Cottage? I love this house. I have been trying to find the house plans every where. Thank You for your time.
2106 Chandler Road
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