24' wide 2 story home in Maine

updated 1/30/2011

This classic home incorporates some of the features and plan details of the 20' wide Universal Cottage but the owners modified the design to fit their wider format and provided for a main floor shed addition.

The house has a full basement, spray foam insulation and many upgraded features. It was built for a budget of $125,000 by this young couple and was their first home building experience. See a few photos below and then follow-up with more on the forum posts linked below.

framing the 20' wide

Ready for a Maine winter.

wood stove and masonry surround.

The owners had a local mason build a fine stonework surround and chimney for only a bit more than a metal chimney.

Here are some photos from the Fine Homebuilding article:

Front of house

Summertime view

stair to attic

Stair to attic


Wood stove

Bedroom on upper level

Upper floor bedroom w/ attic stair in hall

2nd floor bath

Upper level bath and hand made cabinets

Click faces for more info from the owner-builders

in progress shot of cottage

Earlier shot of the front deck and side addition.

Icynene insulation

Icynene is a water-based spray foam that provides air sealing and high insulation in one application.

  • Click HERE to visit the first post to the Owner-Builder forum. Includes a link to the Fine Homebuilding article.
  • Click Part -1 to see the forum posting showing the basement and floor framing.
  • Click Part -2 for the follow-up forum post with information on costs and more details on the features that Jamie and Shawn included in their house.

  • Click 20' wide 2 story Cottage for the plans the owners started with.
  • Click here to return to the CountryPlans Home Page.
  • Click Owner Builder Gallery to see the stories & photos of other home building projects. 
  • Click here to ask general questions about building cabins & small houses.