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Cotswold Cottage


English countryside

Picture a chilly mist creeping across the English countryside and contented looking sheep nibbling lazily on your lawn and you've got a good setting for the Cotswold cottage. The Cotswold district is in Gloucestershire, in the southwest of England. Of course, the style has been transplanted to America and you may have been lucky enough to purchase one.

Hobbit homes

When you first saw the incredibly charming Cotswold-style house, you may have knocked timidly and expected a hobbit to come to the door. The thickly thatched roof that slants down to very low eaves and the small, low doors and windows give the feeling that some fairytale creature dwells within.

Protect your roof and attic

Very few of the more recent Cotswold cottages have real thatched roofs. The bundled straw or twig roof is a notorious fire hazard. Your modern day cottage probably has a shingled roof with soft curves along the peak line and at the corners. Look for wear and tear along all of these curves and at the eaves.

You'd also be well advised to check the attic or upper crawl space and make sure the spreader beams are in good condition. The spreaders are the beams that form the bottom line of the roof triangle. The walls of the typical Cotswold usually slant inward and proper support for the roof is an important issue.

Inspect wiring

While you are in the upper part of your house, it would be a good idea to check the wiring. It's not unusual to find out-of-code, exposed wiring in these older homes.

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