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Characteristics of Cottage House Plans

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cottage house plansIf you dream of calling a quaint cottage “home,” you’ll fall in love with the cottage house plans at America’s Best House Plans. The beautifully designed house plans share certain characteristics that set them apart from other styles.

Picturesque Dormers and Steep Rooflines

Dormers create the steep rooflines that define many cottage house plans. They not only create a pleasing, dramatic roofline, but they also add floor space to the area under the roof. Cottage house plans with dormers are especially great for growing families or those that desire extra storage, and many homebuilders choose to use the dormer space to pursue their hobbies and interests. Some turn dormers into spacious art studios while others use the space to create an in-home gym.

Arched Doorways

Cottage house plans are known for their charming exteriors, and arched doorways give the homes a welcoming look. Homebuilders can accent the doorway by surrounding it with hanging lanterns and planting colorful annual flowers along the path to the front door.

Welcoming Porches

Most cottage house plans include spacious front porches. These spaces are perfect for relaxing with friends over a cool glass of lemonade, finishing a great book or unwinding on a porch swing as the sun sets. Porches create a wonderfully welcoming appearance while also expanding your family’s living space, and they can be highlighted by adding comfortable furniture and hanging plants bursting with color.

Modern Cottage House Plans

Modern cottage house plans mix the vintage style and traditional elements of conventional house plans but also include modern amenities. Many feature open floor plans, bonus rooms and plenty of extra storage while still offering charming details like dormers, small windows, pitched roofs, wraparound porches and natural touches, like exposed beams, brick or stone. Many modern cottage house plans also reflect a move toward more sustainable housing and are designed to be energy efficient.

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