Located in coastal Maine this shingle style residence replaces an existing house that was in disrepair. The building envelope was very small and we were faced with many shore land zoning constraints. Our clients desired an informal house that would feel airy and open. It was also important that the floor plan function so that they could live independently on the first floor. Our solution was to create one main functioning Great Room which would include the Living, Dining and Kitchen areas. The space is carefully zoned so that each area feels independent of the others while they are all visually connected. The space flows to the outdoors thru 2 sets of large folding accordion doors. We developed a small first floor Master Suite which is separated from the Great Room by the back entry and Mud Room.
Each of the main focal point spaces on the first floor takes advantage of the beautiful river views beyond. The second floor plan contains 2 sizable support bed rooms and an upstairs Master Suite. The exterior aesthetics
are understated and simple. On the approach side we introduced a gambrel roof line which sweeps over a quaint entry porch. The use of different shingle textures are subtle and call attention to the focal point exterior elements. On the river side ample sized double hung windows open up the view to the interior. The exterior is cladded with white cedar shingles left to weather naturally.
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