This style of architecture became quite popular in the United States between the 1890's and 1940's. Interiors, because they are small, can give a cluttered but utterly functional appearance, with artistic niches and nooks, and knick-knick decor. Cottages are designed for a relaxed, simple lifestyle - places to come home to, kick off your shoes, and flop on the furniture. They are not designed to impress other people, but to make their owners feel good. Cottage living often involves gardening, and most cottage owners spend their weekends and vacations outside in their backyards, digging in the dirt and growing flowers and vegetables.
Ranch style architecture originated in the United States in the 1920's, and it became very popular after World War II as cities expanded into suburbs and inexpensive tract homes were needed by a growing populace. Ranch style houses are most popular where land is inexpensive and the weather is mild, since these homes particularly lend themselves to outdoor living. The low, earth hugging look with clean, modern lines of the ranch style is derived from Frank Lloyd Wright's prairie style architecture.
Exposed wooden or steel beams, flat roofs with large overhangs, and split levels to take advantage of the terrain, are also common accents associated with the contemporary style.
Green : The trend for caring for our environment whilst building and living in our homes continues with many new products and ideas coming onto the market all the time. This is definitely an area that anyone building a home should take time to consider and incorporate, particularly with rising power costs and long term environmental impact that housing has, even adding solar water heating can greatly impact the running costs of your home in a very beneficial way, along with incorporating passive solar energy materials such as a concrete floor and block walls. As you can see there are plenty of great new ideas to discover and consider incorporating in your modern home plans, have fun and enjoy your new home.