Nothing Could Be Finer…Than a coastal Carolina craftsman cottage.



What’s So Special About The Cottages?

It’s the way our coastal North Carolina custom, Craftsman style cottages make you feel.

From the moment you enter our communities, you see lush landscapes; mature trees; natural ponds; gently curving streets and sidewalks; and of course, our Craftsman-style cottages that celebrate charm and style with their wide, welcoming front porches; colorful exteriors; and classic Arts and Crafts details.

It’s all in the design and details.

Each cottage home is unique–from the conditioned crawl space that increases the home’s overall energy efficiency by 35%; to its open, interconnected floor plan; to the many, many added energy-efficient features earning each home RESNET certification; to the exterior and interior architectural details; to the meticulous, custom-designed landscaped beds.

It’s the ideal Southeastern coastal North Carolina location: Ocean Isle Beach, Southport, or Holly Ridge.

Each community has so much to offer: close proximity to beaches, adjacency to local shops and fare and short distances to the culture and excitement of historic Southport and Wilmington and lively North Myrtle and Myrtle Beach.

It’s built by The Cottage Building Company–a team of building professionals with a long track record of successes, quality new homes, and satisfied homeowners.


CB cardinal onlyThe Cottage Building Team team is special.  Expect personal attention; amazing results; and a well-built, energy efficient, custom cottage that feels like home from the moment you catch a glimpse of its iconic front porch

What’s a Cottage?

Experts in  Craftsman style cottages, say it’s the floor plan that qualifies the home as a cottage, not its exterior style or ornament alone. There is a commitment to efficiency and flow that characterizes a cottage.  Some cottage loyalists have suggested that cottage living can promote better health and more harmonious family relationships.  (The Bungalow, Charles White.)

With a style that stands the test of time, Craftsman style cottages are being re-discovered and are gaining enormous popularity for the smart space design that launched them to fame over a century ago. The Cottage Building Team is pleased to apply the tenets of true Craftsman cottage building to every home in our Cottage collection–integrity, character, design simplicity, flow, efficient and comfortable spaces, and harmony with the outdoors.

Read about The Cottages in a feature article in The Cottage Journal



Every resident has a story.
Here's mine.

I was fortunate to find The Cottages before I realized I was seriously looking. I had been vacationing in the Outer Banks for several years, dreaming of someday owning a beach home. Last year, plans changed and we visited Topsail Island. I saw the advertising for The Cottages and had to see them for myself. They were simply unique. I immediately fell in love with the front porches and the landscaping that created the feeling of an established neighborhood. For me, this signified a warm and inviting community. While all the homes maintained traditional bungalow architecture, no two homes were exactly alike. I was able to personalize both the interior and exterior of my home while making selections for colors, cabinetry, countertops and lighting fixtures. I even added a screened porch!

The Cottages are as much about community as they are about construction. I have made several new friends and found that I can have as much privacy as I desire. There have been seasonal neighborhood gatherings as well as individually hosted parties. For me, being close enough to get to the ocean every day coupled with the beauty and friendly atmosphere of The Cottages has literally changed my life. Living here has turned my dream into reality.

Maryellen & Neil- Willoughby, OH