The owners of this new house, set just back from the bay, have lived overseas for a large part of their adult lives, but have always returned to Maine for their summers. The house will serve as a summer house until they move to Maine full-time.
Their desire for this house was to have its exterior recall the shingled summer houses of the late 19th century, yet feel bright and open on its interior. Breaking the form down into smaller elements as much as possible, preservation of all the existing shoreline trees, and the use of natural shingles and dark trim — all make the house essentially invisible from the water. Generous porches, bays and large windows take advantage of water views. A greenhouse facing west and south captures winter sun and serves as a year-round kitchen garden. On the interior, the dining room, living room, den, and upstairs observatory/study are built around a central kitchen (she is a former NYC caterer). Children’s bedrooms and playroom inhabit their own wing.
The landscaping that makes this house look as though it has always been there is by Bruce Riddell, of Boothbay, Maine.
- Date July 25, 2014
- Category New Homes