A Chicago style bungalow
Matthew Gilson

Chicago Bungalow

• Narrow setbacks from the street and between neighboring houses encourage tight-knit cottage communities.
• Intricate brick patterns and masonry details emulate the city's great historic architecture.
• A diminutive dormer window calls little attention to the second story to reduce the structure's bulk and scale.

Read About It:
Bungalow Nation by Diane Maddex and Alexander Vertikoff (Harry N. Abrams, 2003) $35; abramsbooks.com

A Callifornia twist on the Arts and Crafts style
Keith Scott Morton

California Craftsman

• Ornamental structural features such as rafter tails and roof brackets highlight intricate carpentry and celebrate handcrafted details.
• The 12-over-1 windows, where the lower sash is a single pane, bring the outdoors in.
• Low, deep eaves and a covered front porch provide protection from the elements.

Read About It:
Arts and Crafts Design by William H. Varnum (Gibbs Smith, 1995) $19.95; gibbs-smith.com

A modern-day colonial house
Roger Davies

Colonial Revival

• White clapboard siding, operable shutters, and a picket fence add romance to this classic.
• An entry porch with a decorative crown and slender columns calls attention to the front door and offers a warm welcome.
• A two-story central structure with small wings that jut out from the sides gives the impression that the house has expanded over time.

Read About It:
Updating Classic America: Colonials by Matthew Schoenherr (The Taunton Press, 2006) $29.95; taunton.com

A wooden bungalow
Matthew Gilson

Craftsman Bungalow

• Stone piers made of local river rock with square columns support a wraparound porch.
• Wide bands of cedar shingles and classic wood siding emphasize the horizontal profile of the house.
• Overscale white woodwork accentuates the sloping lines of the exterior and adds visual support for the high-pitched roof.

Read About It:
500 Bungalows by Douglas Keister (The Taunton Press, 2006) $12.95; taunton.com

A colorful Creole Cottage
Minh + Wass

Creole Cottage

• A bold paint combination reflects the streetscape of this house in New Orleans, a city known for its colorful cottages.
• The simple structure, usually an L-shaped layout with second-story porch and interior courtyard, takes design inspiration from the area's Caribbean heritage.
• Tall doors with shutters block the hot summer sun but let breezes flow through.

Read About It:
New Orleans Style: Past and Present by Susan Sully (Rizzoli, 2004) $50; rizzoliusa.com

A Greecian home
Paul Whicheloe

Greek Revival

• A classical form inspired by ancient Greek temples reflects the home's historical context.
• A rotunda with copper dome draws visitors to the cottage's side entry with a formal architectural flourish.
• A modest scale dignifies the street without overshadowing neighboring houses.

Read About It:
The Architect, or Practical House Carpenter (1830) by Asher Benjamin (Dover, 1988) $15.95; doverpublications.com

A rustic cabin
Keith Scott Morton

Adirondack Cabin

• A mix of rustic materials, including cedar shingles, stone, and rough-hewn logs, anchor the structure to its site and give the appearance of a house that “grew” from the land.
• Columns and balustrades made from tree branches incorporate local resources.
• Bands of windows across the back invite wide, sweeping views of the landscape.

Read About It:
The Arts and Crafts Cabin by Robbin Obomsawin (Gibbs Smith, 2004) $39.95; gibbs-smith.com

A Jeffersonian style house
Tria Giovan

Classic Jeffersonian

• A tall central facade flanked by two equal rooms evokes the humble classicism of the Virginia area.
• The beauty is in the proportions, so there is no need for fancy woodwork.
• The metal roof is seen throughout Virginia on cottages and farm buildings.

Read About It:
The Architecture of Jefferson Country: Charlottesville and Albemarle County, Virginia by K. Edward Lay (University of Virginia Press, 2000) $49.95; upress.virginia.edu

A lowcountry style cottage
J. Savage Gibson

Lowcountry Cottage

• A standing-seam metal roof is durable, economical, and a classic choice among traditional Southern cottages.
• A crisp coat of white paint unifies the exterior and pops against the lush green foliage that surrounds the home.
• A central dormer allows a second-story space but keeps the scale small.

Read About It:
Bungalow Details: Exterior by Jane Powell and Linda Svendsen (Gibbs Smith, 2004) $35.95; gibbs-smith.com

A mid-century inspired ranch house
Roger Davies

Mid-century Ranch

• This open, one-story plan has large windows to frame views of the surrounding landscape.
• A low-slung roof is the modern version of the classic gable front.
• Clerestory windows (a band of windows running along the top of a house) make the roof appear to float, giving a light and airy look to both the exterior and interior.

Read About It:
Atomic Ranch: Design Ideas for Stylish Ranch Homesby Michelle Gringeri-Brown (Gibbs Smith, 2006) $39.95; gibbs-smith.com

A traditional southern shotgun house
Maura McEvoy

Southern Shotgun

• The doorways of this one-room-wide structure line up so that a buckshot could fire straight through the front door and out the back–hence the term "shotgun cottage."
• The central doorway system and large windows create cross-ventilation.

Read About It:
Row: Trajectories Through the Shotgun Houseby David Brown and William Williams (Rice University Press, 2004) $29.95; stoutbooks.com

A classic Victorian era house
William Waldron

Victorian Stick Style

• Exposed roof brackets, trim, beams, and balustrades keep the bones of a house on display, showing off the intricate design.
• Wraparound porches extend the living space of the long, narrow cottage.
• Exterior color adds a distinctive touch, giving the house personality and allowing a homeowner to express his or her style.

Read About It:
American Victorian Cottage Homes by Palliser, Palliser & Co. (Dover Publications, 1990) $12.95; doverpublications.com

Robbie Caponetto

Arts and Crafts

• A unified garden and interior plan creates an inviting entrance that begins at the front gate and continues through the front door.
• The massive roof gable establishes the strong, simple, fundamental form of a cottage.
• Intricate millwork, including exposed dentils and wide window casings, emphasizes the Craftsman tradition of prominent, handcrafted trim.

Read About It:
Along Bungalow Lines: Creating an Arts and Crafts Home by Paul Duchscherer and Linda Svendsen (Gibbs Smith, 2006) $39.95; gibbs-smith.com

A contemporary twist on cottage living
Jeremy Samuelson

Cottage Meets Loft

• Contemporary industrial-style windows and fiber-cement siding are durable and budget-friendly.
• A small-scale, open floor plan enhances room flow and maximizes space.
• Taking a cue from Los Angeles' mid-century Case Study homes, the unpretentious design has simple detailing, making it easy to build.

Read About It:
Bohemian Modern: Living in Silver Lakeby Barbara Bestor (Harper Collins, 2006) $34.95; harpercollins.com

Southwestern style meets cottage comfort

Southwestern Adobe

• An energy-efficient construction of clay, straw, and water helps the house stay cool in summer and warm in winter.
• The simple form–often a small boxlike shape with a flat roof–references Native American pueblos and Spanish Colonial structures.
• Warm natural materials, both interior and exterior, tie the cottage to the desert landscape and give it a hand-built feel.

Read About It:
The Small Adobe House by Agnesa Reeve (Gibbs Smith, 2001) $21.95; gibbs-smith.com

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