Architectural pattern books first appeared in America near the mid-19th century promoting cottage home plans and remained popular through the early 20th century (though they still survive today in the form of online house plan websites like Dream Home Source). They are often credited with the rapid spread of architectural trends throughout the country, and, as their target audiences were average American homeowners, they were particularly effective at popularizing modest vernacular styles like small cottage house plans and designs for bungalows.
Cottage style house plans are characterized by their individuality, though there are a few common denominators such as compact and sometimes irregular footprints, one- or one-and-a-half-story profiles, and asymmetrical massing. Modern Cottage floor plans are adapted for today’s lifestyles, with cozy family gathering spaces, inviting hearths, and up-to-date amenities. If you’re looking for a unique home with character and a sense of history, our Cottage house plans collection may be where you'll find it!