The Fairytale Cottages Of Carmel Homes such as this one take their inspiration from earlier cottages built by Hugh Comstock "The Builder Of Dreams". In 1924,he built his first cottage for his wife who made and sold " otsy-totsy" dolls. As their home filled up with dolls, Mayetta asked Hugh to build a house from which she could sell the dolls. Hugh was neither a builder nor an architect, but he loved to draw and tinker. He designed and built with Mayotta a whimsical little cottage, Gretel, on Torres near 6th, inspired by the watercolor illustrations of the British children's book illustrator Arthur Rackham.
"Stow on the Wold" in Cotswolds England
Characterized by scrolled ornaments and lacy "gingerbread" trim, these small cottages are often called Carpenter Gothic. Homes in the Carpenter Gothic style usually have these features: Steeply pitched roof Lacy bargeboards Windows with pointed arches One story porch Asymmetrical floor plan Some Carpenter Gothic homes have: Steep cross gables Bay and oriel windows Vertical board and batten trim
Carpenter Gothic... Kinda cute...
Gothic romantic...Bath England
Gothic revival in US, Tarrytown New York
Gothic revival... notice the pointed arches