Low Country house plans originated as humble one-room cottages in the original English settlements in the tidewater regions of Maryland and Virginia (Low Country home plans are also called Tidewater house plans for this very reason). From there they spread down the coast to the Carolinas and as far as Alabama. Often raised on piers (pilings) to avoid coastal flooding, these simple, square designs will sometimes be referred to as elevated house plans or beach house plans on pilings. Designed to live comfortably in hot, humid climates, Low Country floor plans feature lots of windows to capture coastal breezes and highlight the views, with gracious porches to shade the interior. Far from humble, today's Low Country plans feature second floor bedrooms, while the wide inviting front porches invite guests to stay and linger. Rustic but elegant, airy Low Country or Tidewater home plans are perfect for those who enjoy casual waterfront living and entertaining. Though perfect for beach houses, Low Country house plans easily accommodates year-round living for families, retirees, and anyone who appreciates the sense of simplicity and history of this romantic coastal cottage.