Cottages are for people who are seeking simplicity and the tranquility of nature. Cottage living often includes gardening and being out of doors, so many cottage home plans include porches or patios. Other plans are specially designed to take advantage of natural topographical features of the house site such as hillside views, scenic vistas, even plans for narrow or wedge-shaped lots. The advantages of cottage living are economy – small dwellings are inexpensive to build, to heat, and to maintain. Usually cottage plans are for single family dwellings, but there are also multi-family plans which are ideally suited as rental or investment properties.