Cottage Floor Plans

Cottage homes are prized by many as the perfect vacation home or the quintessential style for siting on a small lot. Usually one story, and with quaint details such as decorative woodwork, interesting windows, and a varied roofline, cottage homes present a welcoming façade and a cozy interior. They are well-suited for the coastline, narrow urban lots, or in a suburban neighborhood of smaller traditional homes.

Exterior materials are often varied, with a mixture of stone, wood siding, or shingles to break up wall surfaces. A small front porch may welcome visitors, with a turned balustrade, thin columns, and a front gable roof. Casement windows offer cottage charm, or add decorative detail with leaded glass panes or stained glass windows. Shutters are almost always present, as is a welcoming entryway with a painted door. The roofline may be hipped, pyramidal, or gabled and often is broken up by attic dormers. These dormers provide additional space to expand upstairs later.

The floor plan of a cottage home is usually one story, but may have a second floor or a bedroom tucked into the attic. The living space is relaxed, often with a fireplace as the focal point and nooks provided for an eating area, reading room, or window seat. Expect quaint details to continue to the interior, such as a beamed ceiling, stonework on the fireplace, and transom windows above doorways. Maximize cottage charm with a patio at the rear, extending to gardens beyond with a picket fence as the exterior focal point.

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