Designed as a second residence for our client with the original one residing next door this contemporary shingle style house takes full advantage of it's ocean front site. The property facing the water is narrow with ample depth perpendicular to the street. There was an existing house on the site which was taken down and we contended with the 30% area and volume expansion rule typical of shore land zone projects. In addition to being in the shore land zone the project was also subject to Maine Department of Environmental Protection approval and could not encroach upon the shore bird feeding or wading water fowl habitats. Given the various zoning restrictions and constraints we sited the house as close to the water as we could.
Our strategy for organizing the functional spaces closely followed the lifestyle and desires of our client along with what the site constraints dictated. We created a cozy drive court with a welcoming covered front porch which immediately draws ones attention when entering the property. Once entering the house itself a gracious entry hall greets you with a direct thru view to the ocean beyond. We maximized the width of the house fronting the view placing the Living Room on one side and Dining Room on the other. A beautiful fireplace along the side wall of the living Room with coffered ceiling adds scale and detail to the space.
Large windows spanning the full width of the room opens dramatically to the ocean view beyond. We created a double arched opening between the Living and Dining room spaces. This serves as a buffer zone between the two rooms and contains a wine refrigerator with storage below.The kitchen lies directly behind the Dining Room and is completely open allowing an unobstructed view to the ocean. The main level also contains an open Pantry and Mud Room which connects directly to the attached two car garage.The Lower Level contains a Guest Suite and Media Room fronting the view. A Bunk Room, shared Bath, Laundry and Mechanical area completes the floor.The Master Suite is located on the second floor and occupies the entire width of the house looking toward the ocean. The sleeping zone of the suite has a curved vaulted ceiling and adjacent is a sizable sitting area to relax and read a book. The Master Bath also has a direct ocean view. Also located on the second floor is an Office, Laundry, and two Guest Bed Rooms which share a Bath.
The exterior is cladded with white cedar shingles with ample windows on the water side. On the driveway side we primarily used smaller casement and awning windows to create a fun welcoming imagery. Accent areas of copper roofing adds to the appeal.
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