Colonial house plan contains a medium pitched roof with a square, symmetrical shape. Front door has a decorative crown. Five windows align the upper level of the front of the house. Lower level consists of four windows and a centered door. Typically a 1½ or two story home.
Classic Cottage resembles a Cape Cod house style. What differs is the roof of a classic cottage is much shallower and it has a higher eaves-front wall. Usually, small windows line the top front of the cottage. Main windows consist of multi-paned double-hung sash.
According to wikipedia:
The term house includes many kinds of dwellings ranging from rudimentary huts of nomadic tribes to free standing individual structures. In some contexts, “house” may mean the same as dwelling, residence, home, abode, lodging, accommodation, or housing, among other meanings. The social unit that lives in a house is known as a household. Most commonly, a household is a family unit of some kind, though households can be other social groups, such as single persons, or groups of unrelated individuals.
Many houses have several rooms with specialized functions. These may include a living/eating area, a sleeping area, and washing and lavatory areas. Additionally, spa room, indoor pool, indoor basketball goal, and so forth. In traditional agriculture-oriented societies, domestic animals such as chickens or larger livestock (like cattle) often share part of the house with human beings. Most conventional modern houses will at least contain a bedroom, bathroom, kitchen (or kitchen area), and a living room. A typical “foursquare house” occurred commonly in the early history of the United States of America where they were mainly built, with a staircase in the center of the house, surrounded by four rooms, and connected to other sections of the house (including in more recent eras a garage).