Ben Hemberger has always been drawn to the romance of timber framing. “It really spoke to me,” Hemberger tells Maine Home+Design. By following his passion, Hemberger ended up in timber framing and then carpentry, and he now owns Benjamin and Company, a full-service homebuilding and timber framing company. Read on to learn why a computer science degree gives Hemberger an edge in the building market and why it’s no longer enough to let a house breathe on its own.
At Park Row Interiors, the interior design business Kathy Harding owns in Brunswick, the designer preaches the transformative effects of color and pattern. In her interview with Maine Home+Design, Harding dives into her past as a color puller and explains her theory of universalism in the design world.
“A lot of people get hung up on the definition of what we do,” Brett Hellstedt says. “But basically we build with timber.” Hellstedt’s company, Maine Post and Beam, builds everything from structural to ornamental timber beams and frames in homes, barns, and commercial spaces. Hellstedt tells Maine Home+Design about the beauty of exposed beams.
In another life outside Maine, Michele Hayes Zajkowski worked in advertising. After several years as a stay-at-home mom and remodeling two homes of her own, she began to pursue a field that she felt passionate about: interior design. She attended Boston Architectural College and interned with Linda Banks of Simply Home, and now Zajkowski has launched a personal venture, Ocean View Designs. Zajkowski tells Maine Home+Design why she teaches her clients to take risks like how she did.
As a graduate student in the Yale School of Architecture, Steve Blatt admired the design of the structures on campus, including Paul Rudolph’s brutalist Yale Art and Architecture Building, and learned first-hand that design can influence an educational experience. Blatt explains to Maine Home+Design how natural light and social spaces can enrich students’ worlds.