October 14, 2015
If ever there was an architectural style that makes an impression, it is the cottage home plan. Thinking back, our storybooks were filled with these charming abodes. Memories of a quaint house on a deserted sand dune beach was the subject of many childhood drawings in years’ past.
The cozy appeal of the cottage is still present today. As stated by Dan Sater, Architect and President of The Sater Group, Inc., “Cottages invoke a certain romantic notion of a simpler time, and the escape from today’s complexities of living.” Details such as picturesque dormers, arched doorways, and multiple roof lines are just some of the features available in the Sater Design Collection’s cottage home plans.
The history of the cottage can be traced back to late Anglo-Saxon and early Norman times. “Cotters” would occupy a small dwelling (“cottage”) and land in return for labor. This is why cottage house plans are generally more modestly sized than other home styles. Most people today associate cottage home plans with the beach or lake front.
Cottage house plans can be defined in many ways. It can mean a small, quaint home for one or two people or it can mean a larger family home with open, airy spaces. But there are some things common to almost all cottage home plans, such as widely overhanging roofs and large porches. These porches extend the living space of the home while still minimizing the footprint of the structure, such as with Sater Design’s “Sycamore” plan, a compact luxury charmer with 1941 sq. ft.
Today’s best cottage house plans maintain that cozy feel without skimping on space. Take for instance Sater Design’s “Santa Rosa” cottage home plan. Nearly every room of this impressive open floor plan has either outdoor views or porch access, making this the perfect coastal cottage home plan.
There are many advantages of a cottage home plan. The compact design of these homes saves yard space on smaller lots. This allows more room outside to create a seamless transition from indoors to out, such as with the large patio and outdoor kitchen in our “Cardinal Point” plan.
The large porches are an effective way to provide shade, thereby lowering power consumption while creating relaxing outdoor areas. In addition, the reduced volume of the cottage house plan makes it more energy efficient overall and also allows for less expensive heating and cooling installations in general.
So, is the undeniable appeal of a cottage home design your vision of your dream home? Don’t know where to start? Let Sater Design help guide you through our highly versatile portfolio of luxury cottage home plans. Call us today!
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