Cottage house plans are informal and woodsy, evoking a picturesque storybook charm. Cottage style homes have vertical board-and-batten, shingle, or stucco walls, gable roofs, balconies, small porches, and bay windows. These cottage floor plans include cozy one- or two-story cabins and vacation homes. Originally popularized by home pattern books like Cottage Residences by Andrew Jackson Downing of 1842, Cottage style house plans are filled with individuality and based on the belief that "a beautiful house fully reflects a fine character." To see more cottage house plans try our advanced floor plan search.