The Cottage home is typically a smaller design with picturesque details and informal but romantic styling. Consider images of a cozy and inviting storybook home. Windows can be expansive bay windows, casement windows or double hung windows. Shingled gable roofs are accentuated by rafter brackets and projecting eaves. Natural materials fit best on a cottage home – vertical or horizontal siding accented by stone or brick on different walls, porch columns or chimney. The open floor plan is asymmetrical, flexible and flows casually from room to room. Due to the overall warm and inviting appeal, cottages are perfect second homes that do well in a lake or wooded setting. Cottages have also been referred to as bungalows or cabins because of their size and tendency to be vacation homes, but the style also translates effortlessly to more generous dimensions.