Cottage house plans are usually small and are only one, or perhaps one-and-a-half stories tall. Cottages originated in Medieval Europe as housing for farm workers families, and they were built of stone or inexpensive local materials such as thatch. Nowadays small cottage house plans are usually used by retirees whose families have moved away, or as summer vacation or weekend getaway homes by people who live in cities. These cottages are often built on lakes or near the ocean, or in forested areas where there is hiking, fishing, or hunting. Cottages have a cozy, comfortable feeling to them which goes along with life in the country.