Rush Lake Vacation Cottage

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Square Footage

Total Above-ground living area 3893
  Main Level 2346
  Upper Level 1547
Lower level living area  2028
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.
68.75 W x 48 D


Above-ground bedrooms 4
Above-ground bathrooms 3.5
Master suite Main
Lower-level bedrooms 2
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 9
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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After walking under the arched header of the entry, you find yourself under the vaulted ceiling of the front porch. The porch extends to the right, creating room for some outdoor furniture to sit and enjoy the outdoors. The entry foyer has a ceiling that vaults to 9’8″, and has a stairwell to the right and a view of the hearth room straight ahead. To the right, there is a hallway that has a walk–in closet and a powder room. To the left, there is a small hallway devoted to the master suite and study. The study has a bay window that faces the front. The master bedroom has a bay window that looks out to the rear deck, a gas fireplace insert with a decorative stone surround, and a vaulted ceiling with a height of over 19′ that’s detailed with exposed wood trusses. The room has double doors to a walk–in closet, a vestibule space with a linen closet that opens up to the master bath, and glazed doors that open onto a semi–private porch space that is right off of the rear deck. The porch is conveniently located next to the hot tub for easy access. The master bath features a whirlpool tub under a large window, two vanity sinks, and a separate toilet room with a shower. It would also be fairly easy to add a swinging or a pocket door between the bedroom and the vestibule if you wanted the option to close off this space.

The hearth room has a ceiling that vaults up to a flat ceiling with a magnificent height of 24’8″. Two–story windows look out to rear views and to a deck that has a curved balcony and railing. The fireplace insert has an impressive stone surround that reaches the height of the ceiling. An opening from the hearth room leads to an open kitchen and octagon–shaped dining room. The dining area has 5 walls of windows, providing maximum views and sunlight. The generous–sized kitchen has a center island with a prep sink as well as a raised bar for eating, and a French door that opens onto the rear deck. An opening from the kitchen leads to a mudroom that has room for a bench/cubicles, a door to the front porch, and accesses a walk–in pantry, a large laundry room, and a breezeway porch. The breezeway porch is open from the front to the rear, and has a stone fireplace to make the space usable even in cooler weather. On the other side of the breezeway there is a door that opens onto a stair hall with a secondary staircase to the upper and lower levels, a full bath, and a door to the three–car garage. The garage has one door that leads to a side porch, and a pair of doors that opens to the other side.

After going up the main staircase you find yourself in a stair foyer with a vaulted ceiling height of 11′, and a balcony railing that allows you to look down to the hearth room. A small vestibule off the foyer accesses a storage room and a bedroom suite with its own private full bath. As you go down the hall, you pass a second bedroom with a ceiling that vaults to 13′. After turning left into another hallway, you pass a laundry closet and a full bath that has a whirlpool tub and a separate toilet room with a shower. At the end of the hall, there is a third bedroom located in an octagon–shaped room. This stunning room offers windows and views in five directions, and has a ceiling that vaults to 13’8″.

After continuing down the main hallway, you come to a game room that’s located over the breezeway. The game room has doors that open onto a roof deck for additional space to lounge and entertain, and has a ceiling that vaults to 13′. The square footage of this room (254 sf) is not included in the totals shown in the Specifications above. If you decide to build it, there is another stair hall before coming into a large and open recreation room, located over the garage. The openness of the room allows maximum flexibility, and could be divided into smaller usable spaces as well. Once again, the square footage of this space (978 sf) is not included in the totals above.

If you decide to build the lower level, you gain an additional 2,029 square feet of space! The finished basement was originally designed with two additional bedrooms, each with its own walk–in closet, a shared full bath, a large family room with a gas fireplace, an open game room, a powder room, and a wine cellar.

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Brief Description

This is a large cottage with many unique features. At the front there's a long porch off the covered entry that leads to a large breezeway porch located between the house and a 3–car garage. Views are oriented to the rear, where a deck spans the entire house. Both the master bedroom and a hearth room have tall vaulted ceilings. The dining room has octagonal walls that are filled with windows that provide a wrap around view. A bedroom right above it has the same shape and enjoys the same views. There are a total of three bedrooms on the upper level, along with a game room above the breezeway, and an optional bonus space above the garage.

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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


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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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Sometimes the house you want will only work on your property if it is built in the reverse of the original design. The plans for this particular design can be reversed by the architect, with right-reading (not mirror-reverse) words and measurements. The fee will only be added to your original order. If you wish to order more reverse copies of the plans later, please call us toll-free at 1-888-388-5735.


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: ME-018
Or order by phone by calling 888-388-5735

Michael Eckhardt – Architect

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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.