These are some great links that will help you locate information that relates to the building of our Maple Forest Cottage. I’ll be updating this list often, so come back & see what’s shown up!
1. The Not So Big House, by Sarah Susanka. This best-seller was met with an extraordinary response when it was published in 1998. In it, visionary architect Sarah Susanka embraced the notion of smaller, simpler shelters that better meet the needs of the way we live today. The book created a groundswell of interest among homeowners, architects, and builders. More than 200 photographs bring the spirit of the “Not So Big” house alive. Here is where I discovered The Maple Forest Cottage.
2. Here is Sarah Susanka’s website: The Not So Big House
3. PBS Hometime Series DVD “Managing Home Construction” featuring the original Maple Forest Cottage, 193 Minutes, 2004.
5. Welcoming Home, by Michaela Muhady. Michaela Mahady delves into the psychology of how humans experience built places, in order to identify those characteristics that make us feel welcome, protected, comforted, and happy. Mahady explores such cottage elements as the welcoming features of entryways, the sheltering features of roofs, how fine craftsmanship conveys a sense of security and tradition, and which materials and colors create comfort and warmth.
6. Creston ECO Community in Black Mountain, NC – home to our Maple Forest Cottage
8. Houzz.com – I’ve been called “The Devil Woman” for sharing this with others. The largest collection of exterior & interior design and decorating ideas on the Internet. Over 1000000 inspiring photos and 90000 ideabooks. You’ll be hooked!
9. Superior walls custom foundation systems use precast concrete walls with prefab insulated wall panels in green home construction for a warm, dry basement.
10. Warmboard, The Leader in Energy Efficient Radiant Heating is a company that provides radiant heating products that help to provide a clean and comfortable warmth to homeowners and businesses. You can have both your hardwood floors & radiant heating!
11. Pex Tubing, PEX Tubing is the flexible material placed in warmboard channels that are used in Radiant Heat and Hydronic Heating Systems. Hot water passes through the PEX and warms the room.
12. Energy Star Certified New Homes A new home that has earned the ENERGY STAR label has undergone a process of inspections, testing, and verification to meet strict requirements set by the US EPA. ENERGY STAR certified homes use 15-30% less energy than typical new homes while delivering better comfort, quality, and durability. And get you tax rebates from the IRS!
13. Certainteed Grand Manor Shingles in Sherwood Forest. We discovered that these were the shingles on the original Maple Forest Cottage by pausing the screen on the DVD where Robin is talking about architectural shingles and enlarging the still to view the wrappers on the bundles and there it was: Certainteed Grand Manor Shingles – Sherwood Forest. Ta Da!
14. MiraTEC trim is an engineered exterior house trim product that combines the beauty of wood decorative trim with the durability of composite trim.
15. Rumford Fireplaces Rumford fireplaces are tall and shallow to reflect more heat, and they have streamlined throats to eliminate turbulence and carry away the smoke with little loss of heated room air. Rumford fireplaces were common around 1796.
16. Marvin Windows & Doors: We chose the unfinished pine interior and Sherwood Green for the exterior. Ask for samples, they look different in person. We chose the Ultimate Clad casement windows for most of the applications, and custom for others.
17. Arroyo lighting: This site has the best prices on Arroyo Craftsman Lighting on the internet. Gary is so easy to work with. These are the exterior cottage lights that were used in the original Maple Forest Cottage (Actually, they used the interior version for some reason). Sizing is confusing, we learned this through ordering the wrong size first time around. Order the 7″ fixture as shown.
TI-ProBoard is a structural underlayment that allows an installer to tile an area without the use of additional sub-floor materials. Consider it as a base for tiilng decks, balconies & verandas. We’re using this for the raised deck off the kitchen & living room.
19, Geo-thermal Heating & Cooling : Geothermal power is a cost effective, reliable, sustainable, and environmentally friendly way of extracting heat from the ground’s natural heat through the use of wells, water-filled piping, and pump(s) to both heat & cool your home. Energy Star rated.
20. Hide-A-Hose retractable hose central vacuum system. Hide-A-Hose solves the problem of carrying and storing a central vacuum hose. Simply pull out the amount of hose you need and begin vacuuming. When you’re finished, the suction from the central vacuum power unit retracts the hose. Sweet.
21. Tough Hide – This is as close as we can get to a plaster or plaster veneer wall without the exorbitant expense. Tough hide is a vinyl-acrylic, latex based coating that provides a durable, high-end look that replaces the skim coat & primer.
22. Sintesi Cortina Tile Copper – this is on our short list for the deck tile, used in various sizes. The other possibility is a slate look-alike tile. Depends on which goes best with the finished stone work.