Maple Forest Country Cottage
|Total Above-ground living area||2740|
|Lower level living area||1598|
The dimensions shown are for the house only (indicating the smallest area needed to build). They do not include the garage, porches, or decks, unless they are an integral part of the design.
|46.5 W x 41.5 D|
|Number of stalls||3|
Traditionally, the overall height of a house is determined by measuring from the top of the finished floor on the main level, to the highest peak of the roof.
Raising or lowering the height of the ceilings on one or more floors of a house is often a simple change that can be made by your builder. However, if you want to raise the ceiling of the main floor of a two-story home, there has to be room to add steps to the existing staircase.
We consider a room to be vaulted if the ceiling - whether flat, angled, or curved - is above 10 feet at its highest point. If you prefer that one or more rooms not be vaulted in your new home, this is a very simple change that your builder can make for you.
KEY TO SYMBOLS:
LR = Living Room/Great Room
DR = Dining Room
FAM = Family Room
FOY = Foyer
STU = Study/Library/Den
KIT = Kitchen
SUN = Sunroom
MBR = Master Bedroom
MB = Master Bath
LOF = Loft
OFF = Office/Guest Room
REC = Recreation/Game Room
ALL = Entire Level
Maple Forest is the most popular plan in our portfolio – by far! The home is not only featured in architect Michaela Mahady’s new book, “Welcoming Home”, it’s also highlighted with a photo on the cover of the book. You can find more information about the book and about purchasing the book at Amazon.com if you click on the book cover. The home was also featured in the highly acclaimed book “The Not So Big House” by Sarah Susanka, and the construction of the house was featured on HGTV.
There is something about this beautiful Craftsman–style house that seems to make everyone who sees it fall in love with it. The steep–pitched roofs (with a unique curving “lip” over the entry), combined with the shingles, wood siding, and wood detailing, produce an exterior that dazzles all who approach it.
The exterior also features a large wrap–around deck, a screened porch, and abundant windows facing in all four directions. Curved windows on the upper floor, and perfectly placed dormers, just add to the effect.
And then there’s the inside of the house! As you can see from all the interior photos we have of the original house, and of other homes built from our plans, the inside of the house is every bit as stunning as the exterior. Curved archways, exposed beams, and wood detailing are as inviting as they are beautiful.
The great room is anchored by a finely crafted stone fireplace, and it is open to both the kitchen and the dining room. It also accesses a screened porch that has unlimited views in three directions. The large wrap–around deck can be accessed from the screened porch, the kitchen, and the entryway. There’s a sunlit breakfast nook next to the kitchen for casual dining, and the more formal dining area accesses a large deck for outdoor dining on warm evenings.
A number of our former customers have modified the plans to create a bedroom suite in the area that originally included the library/den, laundry room (which is typically moved to the breezeway), and powder room. While a change like this is fairly simple to make, you might wish to take a look at Maple Forest 3, which was modified by the architect to have a bedroom suite in this area of the house.
The master bedroom on the upper floor is vaulted, and has two walk–in closets. The master bath features two sinks, a large soaking tub, and a large separate shower. Bedrooms 2 and 3 each have walk–in closets, spaces for built–in desks, and their own full bathrooms. Bedroom 3 is also vaulted.
The basement includes a large media room, and exercise room, and plenty of storage space. There’s also another bedroom suite, with a walk–in closet, a dressing area, and a full bath.
The original plans for this gorgeous home were created in 1994. Over the next ten years, the architect made small changes to the plans in response to the questions she got regularly from builders. These changes and clarifications were done on four separate occasions. The last change was made in September of 2004. We are the only plan provider to offer plans for this house that include the changes made on those four occasions.
Other Versions Available
There are now two other versions of this house that are available on this website – Maple Forest 2 and Maple Forest 3. Each was drawn in response to frequent requests from our customers for a version that was a bit less costly to build, and/or that had a bedroom and full bath on the main floor. For easy access to these other versions, click on the Architects button on the left side of any page in our website, and scroll down until you see Ms. Mahady’s name and photo. Red links to each of her plans appear below her bio.
Elevation 1 For Maple Forest
Elevation 2 For Maple Forest
Elevation 3 For Maple Forest
Elevation 4 For Maple Forest
Elevation 5 For Maple Forest
This has been our best–selling home over the 9+ years we've been offering plans. The quintessential storybook house in the forest, with its handsome craftsman detailing, it just seems to affect folks in a way that no other home seems to do. Because it's been featured in books and magazines, we have tons of great photos to show you.