Maple Forest Country Cottage

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Total Above-ground living area 2740
  Main Level 1518
  Upper Level 1222
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


Above-ground bedrooms 3
Above-ground bathrooms 3.5
Master suite Upper
Lower-level bedrooms 1
Lower-level bathrooms 1


Stories 2
Parking garage
Number of stalls 3
House height    
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.
Ceiling heights    
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.
  Main level 9
  Upper level 8
Vaulted ceilings    
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.


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
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Lower Level Floor Plans For Maple Forest
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This extraordinary home is not only featured in architect Michaela Mahady’s book “Welcoming Home”, it’s photo is on the cover! It was also featured in Sarah Susanka’s highly acclaimed book “The Not So Big House”, as well as on a segment of 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.

Please Note:
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 this other version, click on the architect’s name (in bold blue letters, on the left side of this page). Red links to each of her plans appear below her bio, in alphabetical order.

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Brief Description

The Maple Forest Cottage plans have been our best-seller every year since we opened for business in 2003! Customers have told us that drivers and walkers are always stopping out front to stare at their house, which of course makes them very proud of their choice. It is the quintessential “storybook house in the forest”, with unique lines and handsome craftsman wood detailing. If this house fits your needs and your budget, you’ll be hard pressed to find a house more beautiful than this one.

Select One Plan Set Option


5 Set Package:

Printed on Bond paper; may be modified, but not duplicated


Printed on Mylar; may be modified right on the plans, which can then be duplicated locally. Includes extra copy printed on Bond paper


Highly Recommended
By far the most popular option! Instant, cost-free delivery via email; can be emailed to builder(s) and others; comes with license to modify & duplicate


For use by design professionals to make substantial changes; may be printed locally after modifications are made; cost-free delivery via email
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If you need more than 5 sets, you can add them to your initial order, or order them (by phone) at a later date.

This option is only available to folks ordering the 5-Set Package.

$50 each

Often views or site characteristics make it either advantageous or necessary to build a house in the reverse of the way the plans were originally drawn. When reversed, the front of the house continues to face in the same direction, but rooms that were on the right side of the house as you face it will now be on the left, and vice versa. The lettering and numbers will appear as they would if you held the plans up to a mirror, but this will not present a problem for your builders, as they are quite familiar with this process.

We recommend that your order include both right-reading and mirror-reverse copies, since permit officials and lenders will need to see a right-reading version. There is a one-time cost of $50 to reverse the plans, whether you buy them all in your initial purchase, or a follow up order. The number you will need of each version is something your builder should advise you on.

Please note: If a right-reading reverse version of the plans is offered, this is definitely the version you should purchase, whether you're interested in bonds, vellums, or electronic files (when available).

SKU: MM-234
Or order by phone by calling 888-388-5735

Michaela Mahady – Architect

To learn about this architect or firm, and/or to view all of their other plans, just click on the name above.

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  • What is bond paper?

    Bond paper

    Printers stopped using blue ink many years ago - it was very difficult to read, and the fumes were dangerous to inhale. So what we used to refer to as blueprints are now called bond copies (black ink printed on white bond paper).
  • 5-Set Construction or Bid Set

    5-Set Construction or Bid Set

    If you are building in an area that requires very few copies to construct a house, all you might need is the 5-Set Package. It's also best for folks wanting either a quick bid process, or bids from more than one builder. In either case, you can always purchase more bond copies later on if you need them, or upgrade to a Mylar, PDF or CAD version (your original cost will be deducted from the price of the upgrade). Bond copies cannot be duplicated, but they come with a formal Copyright License that gives you the legal right to construct the house, and to modify the plans beforehand to suit your needs. If allowed in your area, modifications can be "marked up" (some people refer it as "red-lining") right on the plans.
  • What is mylar?


    Vellum paper is no longer being manufactured, so we've switched to a vastly superior product called Mylar. These semi-transparent sheets are actually a thin-film composite that was designed for plan modification, using a simple electric eraser. The ink that is printed on them sits on the surface (instead of sinking into a coated vellum sheet), so lines and dimensions can be erased and redrawn quite easily by any design professional.
  • Plans printed on Mylar

    Plans printed on Mylar

    If you - like the vast majority of our other customers - intend to modify the plans before construction, and you are building in an area where plans can't simply be "marked up" with a red pen, the Mylar copy is definitely what you should order (unless of course you prefer the PDF version). After the changes have been made to this "master" copy, you or your builder can then print as many copies as you need, whenever you need them, on regular bond paper. That way everyone - you, your builder, his or her subcontractors, local permit officials, and your lender - will have the final version of the plans to work with. Even though they cost a bit more initially, they will definitely save you time and money later on. Mylar copies come with a formal Copyright Release giving you the legal right to modify them in any way you wish, and to make as many copies of the plans as you need to successfully build one house. Mylar copies are shipped with a free bond copy of the plans, so that you have something to look over and mark up before making final decisions about the changes you want made to the "master" set.
  • What are PDF electronic files?

    PDF electronic files

    The acronym PDF stands for Portable Document Format. These are electronic files that can be emailed from computer to computer. You can open them on your own computer as well as email them to others, and the Copyright Release you receive with them allows you to make as many copies as you need before and after modifications are made.
  • Plans in PDF format

    Plans in PDF format

    THE most popular way to purchase plans these days is in PDF format. It's no more expensive than the Mylar version, plus you save $30 in shipping fees because the plans are emailed to you. But the biggest reason why they're so popular is because they can be passed along to others via email. The builder can zip them to their sub-contractors, truss manufacturers, and (if needed) an engineer; you can open them on your own computer to view at your home or office; and you can zip them to your builder (or builders), lender, and anyone needing to approve the plans before construction. If you'd still like to make modifications on Mylar sheets, your Copyright Release allows you (or your builder) to do this locally, and you'll only need to print a handful of the most important sheets.
  • What are CAD files?

    CAD files

    The acronym CAD stands for Computer-Aided Design. Design software from AutoCAD and numerous other companies - ArchiCAD, SoftPlan, VectorWorks, etc. - is used to draw plans in a format (DWG - short for drawing) that can be easily manipulated and modified on a computer. This can speed up the process of modification dramatically - for example, a change in one part of the plans creates an automatic change throughout the drawings -- potentially saving the person making the changes quite a bit of time, and thus saving you quite a bit of money!
  • Plans in CAD format

    Plans in CAD format

    Plans purchased in this electronic format are emailed, so you get them right away, and there's no shipping fee. Like the Mylar and PDF options, these plans come with a formal Copyright Release giving you the legal right to modify them in any way you wish, and to make as many copies of the plans as you need to successfully build one house. If the changes you wish to make to our plans are rather extensive, or structural in nature (including changing exterior wall systems), purchasing the plans in CAD format will almost certainly be your best option. Design professionals charge by the hour, and making changes to electronic files is much faster and easier than erasing and redrawing lines and dimensions on a Mylar copy. So purchasing an electronic version of the plans can save you both time and money. The files you receive will provide the drawings in at least two formats: .DWG files that will enable the person modifying your plans to do so using AutoCAD software (the standard for the entire construction and engineering communities); and .PDF files that will enable you to view the plans on your home or office computer. If the plans were originally drawn with a design software program other than AutoCAD (eg. SoftPlan, ArchiCAD, VectorWorks, etc.), this will be noted at the end of the Description of this house, and the email will include these files along with the .DWG and .PDF formats.

We highly recommend that you click on two boxes – the number of bedrooms you know you need, and one less bedroom. For example, if you need 4 bedrooms, click on the boxes next to 4 and next to 3. Otherwise you will not see homes where existing rooms on the lower, main, or upper levels might work perfectly well as a bedroom instead of as an office, study, etc.