It might seem like a contradiction in terms, but contemporary cottage house plans not only exist but also present you with the best of both worlds. Traditional cottage styling includes elements like porches, dormers, and often an asymmetric footprint. Meanwhile, contemporary influences reveal themselves with clean lines, vertical siding, metal roofs, and a general simplicity that feels fresh and modern.
Modest square footage is a hallmark of contemporary cottage house plans, making them affordable to build and maintain. If you’re working with a small lot, a contemporary cottage gives you bit style and footprints that fit. Look for narrow dimensions to fit a tight infill lot.
Many cottages feature just one story, making it easier to age in place and get around. Others, especially Craftsman bungalows, include a loft or half story upstairs. The master suite may sit on the main level (making it easy to reach) or upstairs (for a better view or to be closer to children).
Many contemporary cottage house plans include three bedrooms, though you can also find ones with four bedrooms, two bedrooms, one bedroom (like some tiny homes or granny flats), or even five bedrooms for a large family.
You’ll find many
Vacation Home Plans
in this collection, especially those designed for Canada’s Cottage Country or mountainous regions. Lakefront getaways frequently feature large decks and numerous porches to take advantage of a view lot. Window walls are often found here, especially on A-frame designs with steeply pitched roofs. With a contemporary cottage, you get hints of a classic cabin look, but updated for today.
Even if you’re not building a vacation home, you can enjoy generous outdoor living spaces. Many of the floor plans in this collection show off large front porches, big back patios, and other spaces like sunrooms or balconies.