Caterina’s Cottage

ARCHITECTURAL DESIGNER: Michael Bremneour
CATEGORY: Three bedroom dwelling, 1600 square feet or less
SPONSORED BY: Cape Cod Young Professionals and the Cape Cod & Islands Association of Realtors Inc.

“I was fortunate to grow up in a small attic apartment above my grandmother and experiencing the richness of her Italian culture. Caterina came to the US from Italy when she was 19; She lived through two World Wars, and The Great Depression. Her husband died when he was forty, leaving her to raise 13 children. Caterina lived to the age of 104, longer than eleven of her children. I learned a lot from the experience of growing up along with such a strong and determined woman” – Michael Bremneour

Longfellow Design Build Architectural Designer Michael Bremneour’s entry Caterina’s Cottage has been selected as a finalist in a design contest sponsored by the Cape Cod Young Professionals and the Cape Cod & Islands Association of Realtors Inc.

Caterina’s Cottage is a diverse home design suitable for multi-generational living. With an additional first-floor master bedroom, this design enables adult children to live at home longer, or for grandparents to live along with a small family without sacrificing privacy and autonomy.

To further cost savings, Caterina’s Cottage includes many high efficiencies features and sustainable materials. This design features:

  • Loft for a small office or sitting room away from the rest of the family
  • Traditional exterior w/ transitional interior & open living space
  • Sustainable materials and easily expandable
  • Low/no maintenance exterior
  • Simple, straight-forward design allows for low-cost (approx. $150sf) construction
  • High-efficiency windows, doors, HVAC, and insulation

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