Artists’ Retreat

Two painters craft an inspired cottage on Megunticook Lake


Past Perfect

A photographer’s daughter offers a snapshot of history on Vinalhaven


Slice of Paradise

On Lord’s Point, a narrow house with expansive views atop a seawall

On a bucolic piece of land in Freeport, Portland’s Whitten Architects and Steve Brann Building and Remodeling in Freeport renovated an existing barn structure and created an addition to accommodate first-floor living for homeowners Kathleen and Peter Fitzgerald. “The prefinished, reverse board-and-bat- ten ventilated siding on the addition required precise layout and assembly,” says Steve Brann Jr.

Forever Home

With its barn as inspiration, a house in Freeport is designed with a small footprint, big volume, and invitations to view the landscape at every turn.


A Home of Her Own

In Falmouth, an owner puts her personal stamp on a beloved cottage by the beach

Thom Sacco and Will Tanner often enter their house through this side door, which gives way to a mudroom. The entry structure and the one to the right are both late additions to the original house. Tanner’s grandparents owned nurseries, and his parents were enthusiastic gardeners. His own talents are evident around the house. Here, he makes use of a cutting garden, kitchen herbs, statuary, potted plants, bougainvilleas, dahlias, gardenias, geraniums, and petunias to create a fragrant and beautiful welcome to the home. The red flowers are a tribute to his mother, who liked the color.

Stories to Tell

A Washington, D.C., couple add a new chapter to a historic Cape Elizabeth home

Located on Paddy’s Creek in Cape Porpoise, this house was built by Jason Moody of Richard Moody and Sons Construction in Wells and designed by Kennebunkport architect Harvey Wells and Medfield, Massachusetts–based interior designer Anisia Gifford. Landscape designer Susan Oakley of Terra Bella Land Design in Mamaroneck, New York, kept the rear, water side of the home unobstructed, with only the addition of Miscanthus grasses around the porch “for movement and color change as the seasons progress.” Stone steps provide access to the water and a large spit of tidal land. Oakley chose native creeping evergreen groundcover Arctostaphylos uva-ursi to secure the sandy hill with a low profile.

Creekside in Cape Porpoise

A couple builds their dream home after a decades-long love affair with a Kennebunkport village

The exterior renovation of Betsy and Mark Stires’s home involved reframing the base of the porch, building a step to the front door, and reglazing the original porch windows. Betsy painted the door black and added a mail slot. The roof shingles and siding are original.

The Little House that Could

After withstanding a fire and a flood, a Mount Desert Island home is reborn with some loving attention from a Virginia designer with strong Maine ties

The shingle-style house is perched on a hill on the site of the former Eagle Rock Hotel, which was built in 1886. By installing a maple colonnade along Sea Road, landscape designer Ted Carter of Buxton created the illusion that the house sits farther back from the road. His strategic placement
of plantings gives depth to the landscape.

Remaking History

On the site of the former Eagle Rock Hotel, a house designed with the past in mind.

This shingle-style home takes its inspiration from Russell Versaci’s Creating a New Old House. Kennebunk architect Brian Beaudette simplified the design by creating focal points, including a columned portico and bay dormers, under and around the main gable. An
ell on the right houses a three-car garage on the first floor and an entertainment room and bunkroom on the second. The front lawn— part of the extensive grounds and gardens maintained by Piscataqua Landscaping and Tree Service in Eliot—also serves as an auto court in the summer, when visitors are plentiful.

Warm Welcome

Formal meets functional in a Kennebunkport home designed for graciously entertaining family and friends