They Built a Perfect Little House Plan

By Rebecca Teagarden

The couple built The Maple, which is Plan 479-11. Photo by Benja

(Don) Evans and (Pamela )McClaran bought “the Maple,” 1,848 square feet. Living spaces are separated from the sleeping area by a wide and windowed entry. The great room is two-thirds kitchen, one-third living room, dining room off to the side. All of it wrapped in windows that carry to the open, beamed ceiling. (No window treatments necessary; the home is tucked into the woods.) What isn’t glass is wainscoted, cabinetry in poplar, all of it white, bright and light. A double set of French doors opens the space to the fat back deck and the water at the end of the yard.“Stella and Peter were one of the great finds of this house,” says McClaran, cutting into a slice of Evans’ homemade sausage-fig pizza, delivered directly from oven to a chopping-block kitchen island that seats at least eight. Pebbled black granite wraps counters and frames a large white farm sink.

Brachvogel washes down a slice with a slug of red wine. Says, “This is an idea born of Sara Susanka (architect and author of the common-sense “Not So Big House” series). I went to hear her speak and she said, ‘Why can’t everybody have great architecture? Dig deep in your files and give people a good house they can afford.’
“That was a great comment. It made sense: Why couldn’t we bring good period and vernacular architecture to market that didn’t cost a fortune?”

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March 3, 2014

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