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FAQ

How much do Cottage style houses cost per square feet (approximately)?

A cottage style home with midrange materials will cost approximately $250 per square foot. The cost can go up or down based on the quality of materials used and the area in which you are building.

Are there Cottage style floor plans with a detached garage?  Is it possible?

Yes, cottage style homes can include a detached garage. These garages are often designed in cottage style as well, with matching exterior colors.

Does Cottage style house usually come with a garage?  

Garages weren’t a feature when cottage homes became popular, but today many cottages have an attached garage. The asymetrical shape of the home makes it easy to add a garage that adds to the overall charm of the home.

Is Cottage style considered a grand or luxury style of home?  Is the style used for mansions or normally regular-sized homes?

Cottage style homes are typically smaller and cozy. The style is much more common as a tiny house than as a mansion, although mansions in the cottage style do exist.

Is Cottage style ever built as a “small” home?  Can it be built economically?

Cottages are very popular as small or tiny homes. They are economical due to their simplicity and smaller design. Compact and functional, they are an excellent choice for a guest house or vacation home due to their affordability.

Can Cottage style floor plans be open concept?

Cottage style floor plans are typically open concept. Since they are typically smaller homes, an open floorplan allows them to feel open and spacious with limited square footage. Cottages should feel both airy and cozy at the same time.

What are popular Cottage style exterior colors?

Cottage colors range from classic white to bright blue and even pink. For a truly classic look, you can’t go wrong with bright white and neutral or colorful trim. Cottages have a storybook fairytale feel, so they look great in colors that would look very out of place on other home styles. Pale yellow and pastel colors are popular. For a more natural look, stained wood, grey, beige, and hunter green will complement natural surroundings.

Can you build Cottage style house on a narrow lot?  

Cottage style homes are a perfect choice for a narrow lot due to their traditionally smaller size. The floor plans are designed to make efficient use of space without feeling cramped, and they offer charming curb appeal.

Can this style be built on a wide lot?

Cottages can be built on a wide lot. Although cottages are typically smaller homes, the design can be larger and wider as well. Larger cottages retain the cozy charm of their smaller counterparts and offer more living space.

Can Cottage style homes be built on a sloping lot?

Cottages can be built on a sloping lot. Since the design of these homes tends to be asymmetrical, they lend themselves to sloped lots more easily than some other styles. It’s also possible to add a walkout basement or drive under garage.

How many floors/stories does Cottage style usually have?

Cottage style homes typically have one floor. However, some cottages offer one and a half or two-story plans.

Do Cottage style houses have a basement?

Yes, cottages can include a basement. It can provide more space without taking away from the smaller quaint look associated with cottages. The basement may be below ground, or partially above ground in the case of a walkabout basement.

Does this style of house ever come with a bonus room?

Yes. Cottages can come with a bonus room. Often, they will have a bonus room over the garage, or a loft bonus room over the living space. Larger cottage plans can include a bonus room on the main floor of the home. The cottage-style offers flexibility, which gives you more choices than some other styles.

Do Cottage style floor plans come with energy-efficient options?

Cottage style plans often include energy-efficient options. Their smaller size and open floor plan makes them perfect for those looking to make a smaller footprint on the environment. Zero energy cottage floor plans offer the ultimate in energy efficiency while maintaining traditional cottage charm.

Is a porch a common design feature with Cottage style houses?

The vast majority of cottage homes include a porch. Small covered porches with railings are commonly found on cottages. Some include a larger front porch, or both a front and back porch.

What types of roof does Cottage style house typically have?

Gable roofs are the most common type of cottage roof. Some cottage roofs include dormers with gables of their own. Hip roofs are sometimes used for cottages as well.

Does Cottage style work well with a rustic interior decor?  Or is it more suited to a contemporary interior?

Cottage style typically has a rustic but sophisticated feel, which gives it a special charm. Wooden floors are traditionally used, along with light neutral wall colors to give the rooms a spacious light look. Vintage, antique, and distressed items add interest and character. Different styles and time periods are often mixed when choosing accent and furniture pieces. Reclaimed wood and rich patterned textiles are a great way to complete the cottage look.