Inspired by an idyllic sense of relaxed rural living, Country house plans trace their origins to the vernacular building techniques and styles imported by the early American settlers and adapted to regional conditions nationwide. Although most closely associated with informal living, larger Country homes offer a gracious sense of elegance. Completely comfortable in any country or suburban neighborhood, a charming Country home plan is a natural choice for easy-going year-round living or as a vacation home in a lovely rustic retreat. Spacious porches extend living space to create a seamless transition between indoors and out. Often asymmetrical in layout and massing, Country house plans may be one or two stories, most commonly featuring a gable roof with at least one cross-gable or dormer windows. Country floor plans offer big kitchens, informal living areas, and plenty of room for families to spread out. From the Low Country and Cracker houses of the south Atlantic states to the Cottage homes of New England and the Log Houses and Cabins of recreational retreats nationwide, Country home plans offer a distinctly American style of living. Modern farmhouses take the style to a new, streamlined refinement and have become very popular.