Cottage Home Plans

Written by Helen Glenn Court
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Cottage home plans have long stood apart, in their quiet unassuming way, against the sweep of the more elaborate architectural styles that come and go. In Europe the image is often of a thatched-roof country cottage in England, perhaps a half-timbered German farmhouse, or a small Portuguese stucco nestled against a hillside. In America, however, the cottage as an architectural style arose only about the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries.

Made popular in 1905 by two California architects, the brothers Charles and Henry Greene, the Craftsman or bungalow style arose from the Arts and Crafts movement of the time. The idea spread, thanks to Sears and Roebuck, which sold cottage home plans during the first several decades of the 20th century through its nationwide catalog. Blueprints and construction were within reach of the average American, at the time.

Distinctive Features of Cottage Home Plans

Compact and unpretentious, the bungalow style makes its strongest statement in the absence of the architectural decoration that defined so many previous periods. Gone were the double-pitched mansard roofs of the Second Empire and Victorian styles. Elaborate cornices and pedimented dormers, windows, and doorways disappeared.

What was left were simple lines, low-pitched roofs, overhanging eaves, and simple tapered porch columns that often descended below the porch to ground level. Roofs were either front-gabled, cross-gabled, side-gabled, or hipped. Roof-wall junctions were particularly distinctive with exposed rafters and knee braces. On the interior, cottage home plans tended to open onto the main living room, usually with a fireplace. The style is comfortable and charming and efficient, and a wonderful choice for a home!

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