The house has two entirely different looks depending on how one enters. Here is the view from the ocean, which fronts the reconstructed antique home. The black walnut door, fashioned by Chase Construction, is a replica of the original.

Neighborhood Art Project

A creative couple enlists architect friends to design a home that unites the Maine vernacular with the Auber-modern

The house was designed to blend with its farm-like setting through the use of natural finishes and materials.

Down by the River

Along the Cousins River, a barn-inspired home built for gathering

In Lisa Armstrong’s Northport living room, Marcy van
der Kieft of Margo Moore Interiors in Camden matched a
circa-1900 mahogany rocker upholstered in Ralph Lauren
embroidery with Casamance lattice-patterned wool on the
sofa and BSC wool slipper chairs. 17-90 Lighting Showroom
in Rockland wired the Victrola horn pendants. The wool carpet is from Stark.

Taking up the Mantle

In Northport, a daughter preserves—and puts her own stamp on—a storied family property

The airy kitchen has a cooking zone and a clean-up/prep zone
that share an eight-foot-long island topped with Danby marble
from Morningstar Stone and Tile in Topsham. A full-height
backsplash of marble and mirrored tiles reflects the water.
Banks allowed for pops of homeowner Kim Nemser’s favorite color in the pendant lights, stove knobs, and rattan French
bistro stools—one of the designer’s go-to chairs because they’re “scrubbable, lightweight, and don’t scratch the floor.”

Red, White & Views

On Falmouth Foreside, a 1960s colonial is taken down to the studs and opened up to the ocean

Sundog Solar of Searsport added solar panels to the barn roof
to increase the energy efficiency of all the property’s
structures. The cedar shingles of the barn and house were sandblasted and stained with urethane to keep them bright.

Of a Peace

Music & quiet in a hidden house in the woods

“We wanted the house to be contemporary but classic, so it would fit in with the Capes and
Colonials in this area,” says owner Dava Davin. A traditional black-and-white palette and two-overtwo window style, combined with more modern 8-inch-wide clapboards, shallow roof overhangs, and unfussy trim, help the home toe the line.

A Clean Slate

On Cumberland Foreside, a couple’s new home reflects a 180-degree shift in their aesthetic

Artists' Retreat Exterior

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.