Popularized by American pattern books in the mid 19th century, Cottage house plans are filled with individuality, their asymmetrical plans inspired by architects Davis and Downing are based on the belief that "a beautiful house fully reflects a fine character." A cottage house is typically a smaller design that may evoke thoughts of picturesque storybook charm. Cottage house plans are flexible and fanciful, featuring vertical board and batten walls, charming balconies and expansive bay windows revealing their Gothic Revival heritage.

Depending on where you live, a cottage house plan might conjure up seemingly contrasting images—to some it could mean a cozy one-story vacation home design nestled on a lake but to others it could mean a storybook house style with romantic flourishes and sweeping lines in a dramatic mountain setting. No matter what kind of cottage home plan you are looking for, you'll discover a wide range of house designs to choose from in this collection.
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