Architectural Styles

Cottage / Bungalow Home Style


Commonly considered the pre-cursor to the Craftsman, Cottages and Bungalows are both architectural styles that describe a small, cozy, single-family dwelling. Historically, these types of homes were more commonly found in rural or semi-rural areas, but nowadays cottage-style dwellings and bungalows are popular choices in cities as well.  The footprint of these homes is typically small with low-pitched gabled roofs and small covered porches at the entry.  Interesting historic fact: the Bungalow became so popular in the early 1900s that Sears and Roebuck sold ready-made kits to homebuyers through their mail order catalog.

Key Design Features

  • Small, single-family living space
  • Wood frame
  • Low pitched roofs
  • Sheltered interior with small spaces
  • One to one-and-a-half stories

Examples of Cottage / Bungalow Homes

Additional Resources

Names for Cottage Style homes

English-Style Cottage

Coastal Cottage


Related Styles