Maple Forest Country Cottage 2
|Total Above-ground living area||2500|
|Lower level living area||1020|
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.
|50.667 W x 33.5 D|
|Number of stalls||2|
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
This second version of our most popular plan was created by the same architects who designed the original Maple Forest house. Their primary goal in creating this second version was to reduce the overall cost to build by approximately 20%. They accomplished this by reducing the overall square footage by 10%, and lowering construction costs by – among other things – changing the outline of the house to remove a number of inside corners, and changing the roof construction from stick–built to engineered trusses.
The entry now faces the front instead of the garage. Upon entering the house from the covered porch, the living spaces are to your left. As you enter the spacious kitchen, the wall on the right flanking the stairway includes built–in ovens, a pull–out pantry, and a long counter with cabinets above them. There's an (optional) island in the middle of the room with a raised bar for casual eating and/or serving, and windows over the sinks and on an adjacent wall let in plenty of natural light.
You pass beneath a softly–arched opening as you enter the living room. There's a large fireplace straight ahead that can also be enjoyed by folks in the kitchen. It's flanked by windows with window seats beneath them on either side, and the wall facing the front has a pair of glazed doors that are also flanked by large windows. Like all the rooms on the main level, the ceiling is set at a comfortable 9' height. The glazed doors open to a wide and deep deck that continues across the front of the house to the entryway.
Next to the living room, through another arched opening, is the dining room. There's a single window on the left as you enter the room, large picture windows that wrap around the far left corner, and a glazed door that opens to a screened porch at the rear of the house. On the right, one door opens to the basement stairs, while a pair of doors open to a study. The study also has a corner wrapped in windows, and another pair of doors to the entryway.
The space between the house and the garage contains a bathroom with a shower, a mudroom with a coat closet and a built–in bench, and a laundry room.
A wrap around hall at the top of the stairs to the upper level provides access to the master suite, two additional bedrooms and the bath they share, and a playroom above the garage.
The master bedroom has a ceiling that vaults from 8' at the edges to 11'6" down the center. A gorgeous trio of curved windows at the far end of the room provide light and views to the front, and there's a window seat built–in beneath them. The bath features a large soaking tub beneath two side–by–side windows, a shower with a built–in bench, and two vanities. And on the other side of the bedroom there's a large walk–in closet.
The two bedrooms are identical in size and space, each has windows on two walls for light and ventilation, and each has a pair of doors opening to a lovely terrace. A hallway to the playroom passes two gabled areas that would be ideal for desks beneath the windows. (Please note that the hallway and play area are not counted in the square footage totals.)
Should you choose to build the basement, there's room for a large media room with oversized storage closets, another bedroom with a sitting room and a 3/4 bath, a mechanical room, and a large storage room.
Front Elevation For Maple Forest 2
Rear Elevation For Maple Forest 2
Side 1 Elevation For Maple Forest 2
Side 2 Elevation For Maple Forest 2
Since the original Maple Forest house was so wildly popular, when the architects decided to create this second version they strove to change the appearance and feel as little as possible. It's 10% smaller than the original, and about 20% less expensive to build. Room positions were changed to give homeowners a different option that might be better suited to their land and their view, and they added a playroom/studio/office over the garage.