Our Maple Forest Cottage Colors

We tried & tried to locate info on the colors for the original Maple Forest Cottage, but they just couldn’t be found.  Anywhere.  So, to help save you all the months & months of buying & mixing samples together, from one company to another, the following are our results. Please note, that computer monitors may not represent the exact color as seen in natural daylight.

Roof Shingles:  Certainteed Grand Manor in Sherwood Forest

Sherwood forest

Sherwood forest

MiraTec trim board:  Benjamin Moore Brick Redbrick redNatural Cedar Shakes:  Cabot’s Wood Toned Deck & Siding Stain, 3000 Series, in NaturalCabot wood toned natural

Cedar lap boards ( 10″ boards with 3/4 ” shadow line): A funky combination of Cabots semi-solid oak brown and Cabots semi-trans cordovan brown.Cabot oak brownCabot cordovan brown

 

 

Soffits, medallion, & brackets: ARBORCOAT Deck & Siding Stain: checking on this wacky combination of colors! This is the newest line of exterior stains from Benjamin Moore. With advanced waterborne technology, all ARBORCOAT finishes are easy to apply and offer superior protection while enhancing the texture and grain of exterior wood surface. Update: Semi trans, Fresh brew & saddle brown, topped with a clear coat.

Windows:  Marvin Ultimate-clad casement & custom; interior in unfinished pine, & exterior in Sherwood green (the lighter of their two greens).

Carriage House Interior Walls:  Benjamin Moore Aura paint in “Subtle” and “Flawless “, from the Affinity Color Series.BM Affinity SubtleBM Affinity Flawless2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carriage House Kitchen Cabinets: Benjamin Moore Aura in “Lush”, from the Affinity Color Series.BM Affinity LushCarriage House Floors in Solid Maple: Pre-finished in clear.Pre-finished Maple floors

 

 

7 thoughts on “Our Maple Forest Cottage Colors

  1. Ken Chambliss

    My wife and I built our own Maple Forest house in the mountains of North Georgia in 1996. We contacted the original architect in MN and got a packet of info on the house. It listed all of the paint colors, light fixtures, and other detail about the house. I have not seen it recently, but I am a pack rat and I am sure it is around. We saw the magazine article as we were designing our house and immediately changed to the Maple Forest look. It is funny how you think you are copying something, but in the end, you have added your own creative look. I love it and would not change anything.

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    1. Steve & Jane Post author

      Hi Ken,
      If you come by that information, I’d love to have a copy! We’ve found most everything, but I’d love to see what they actually used for their
      exterior colors! And it may have saved some framing confusion between the original plans & the PBS Hometime final project!

      Thanks!
      Jane

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  2. Judy

    Hi! We built our Maple Forest House in 1998 and Cabot Stains put out a pamphlet that year that featured the Maple Forest House! We were elated and used the Cabot stains for the initial painting of the house. Over the years we have had paints duplicated to match the original colors. This year we had the bleaching oil parts of the house redone. Apparently the composition of the bleaching oil has changed and we were advised by the painter to use a stain in its place. I’m not sure if you can still get this pamphlet. Good luck on the completion of your home. I love this house!! The upkeep is not inexpensive to be sure and when we decide to make a life change, it will make me very sad to leave here. I was at the site nearly every day during the construction. Judy

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    1. Steve & Jane Post author

      Hi Judy!
      Thanks for your input. The MFC is such a mesmerizing cottage home, isn’t it?! Where are you located?
      I now know of couples who built or are building this plan in Canada, Western WA, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, & Georgia.
      Everyone says the same thing – how very much they love their home. It will be a very special day when we get to live in ours….
      Jane

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  3. Randy Litke

    We are finally beginning to launch the building of this 9 year dream on our 100 year held family farm. We also live in western Washington. Your “Dream” blog has been helpful in many ways! Thank you! Do you know if the other home builder in Washington state would be willing to allow correspondence? Having a similar location might be beneficial for obtaining materials etc. We again thank you for your posts. They are exciting to visit. We have walked these plans for years in our dreams -love seeing them come to life!

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    1. Steve & Jane Post author

      Hi Randy!
      You must be so excited!! Be sure you get the DVD from PBS Hometime (see link on my “Links You’ll Appreciate” page). The Michaela Muhady plans and the original house don’t always jive. Changes were made during construction that don’t show up on the plans – even the ones revised in Sep2004. We have all the radius’ for the numerous arches now, measurements for everything, and framing conundrum answers – please feel free to contact us or have your builder contact us during the more nerve-racking parts of construction!

      I’m sure Terri would love to communicate with you – she is very friendly & informative. Builders of the Maple Forest Cottage are a wonderful bunch! Just go to her blog (Maple Forest Cottage 2011)and make a comment. I’m sure she’ll reply. I’ll send her an email today letting her know you may be contacting her.

      Blogs are so easy – please consider doing one as you begin your journey – it’s a wonderful way to journal your process and make friends in the process!

      Please keep in touch….

      Jane

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