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

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